Tell-Tale Signs of Burnout

Nov.17.2016 Business

Consumed by work. Arriving early to the office. Staying late. Working weekends. Are you feeling frustrated by the daily constraints, all while worrying about the company’s future performance? Living this way sends the possibility of a balanced life out the window. Sound familiar to you?

The Classic Case of Burnout

The American Psychological Association describes burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in stressful situations that are demanding or draining.” As a business leader, you are naturally wired to be passionate about what you do. It’s common to ignore the fact that you are working long hours, taking on heavy workloads, and putting constant pressure on yourself to excel — all leading to burnout.

Self Assessment

If you were feeling the strains of burnout, would you recognize them? Take this self-assessment designed to measure your “Burnout Quotient” (BQ) using the following scale:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Never Rarely Infrequently Sometimes Often Usually Always

Rate yourself from 1 to 7, based on how often you experience the following sensations:

_______ 1. Being tired.

_______ 2. Feeling depressed.

_______ 3. Having a good day.

_______ 4. Being physically exhausted.

_______ 5. Being emotionally exhausted.

_______ 6. Being happy.

_______ 7. Being “wiped out.”

_______ 8. “Can’t take it anymore.”

_______ 9. Being unhappy.

_______ 10. Feeling run down.

_______ 11. Feeling trapped.

_______ 12. Feeling worthless.

_______ 13. Being weary.

_______ 14. Being troubled.

_______ 15. Feeling disillusioned or resentful.

_______ 16. Being physically weak, susceptible to illness.

_______ 17. Feeling hopeless.

_______ 18. Feeling rejected.

_______ 19. Feeling optimistic.

_______ 20. Feeling energetic.

_______ 21. Feeling anxious.

Compute your score:

  1. Add your scores from 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 21:

Subtotal A = _____

  1. Add your scores from 3, 6, 19, and 20:

Subtotal B = _____

  1. Subtract subtotal B from 32:
    32 – Subtotal B = _____
  2. Add your values from lines 1 and 3 above:
    Subtotal C = _____
  3. Divide subtotal C by 21. This is your Burnout Quotient:
    BQ = _____

Interpret your score. If your BQ is:

Between 2 and 3: You’re doing well with little, if any, burnout.

Between 3 and 4: You have some symptoms of burnout. Some adjustments may be in order.

Above 4: You are experiencing burnout. Without changes it will only get worse.

Above 5: You’re in an acute state of burnout and should seek help.

How Did You Rate?

If your answers were truthful, you have a personal snapshot of how you relate to burnout at this point in your career. It’s important to realize, though, that burnout isn’t a static condition. It’s very dynamic and subject to change based on the circumstances, relationships, and seasons we experience.

Is your burnout quotient is high? This should be a wake-up call that you may be heading down a dangerous path. Take some time to assess the amount of stress in your life and find ways to delegate tasks and release pressure before it’s too late. Be on the lookout for our next post “A Christ-Centered Antidote to Cure CEO Burnout”.