Burnout is horrible. It is described as happening when we experience of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding”.

You’ll notice it if you are feeling exhausted, distance yourself or feel negative towards your work, feel you are not performing well, and have wellbeing issues like trouble sleeping or tummy troubles.

Here are ten questions to answer:

  1. Do you feel in control of what you do at work?                                            
  2. Do you have autonomy (a choice and a voice) over how you work?        
  3. Do you feel comfortable telling a manager how you feel?                         
  4. Are you clear what is expected of you by managers?                                 
  5. Do you feel inspired or excited by the work you are doing?                      
  6. Do you feel you have too much to do and too little time to do it in?       
  7. Do you work in a hybrid way (some WFH and some in the office)?        
  8. Are there people at work who make you feel unwelcome?                       
  9. Do you feel you are treated unfairly at work?                                              
  10. Do you have lots of other responsibilities outside of work?                                   

In an ideal world (where there was no risk of burnout) we would answer Yes to 1-5 and No to 6-10. If your answers are strongly the other way round (i.e. 1-5 = No and 6-10 = Yes) you may well be at risk of Burnout and you will need to give yourself lots of opportunities for rest and recovery and consider ways to adapt your work environment. You can find ways to help you reduce your risk of burnout here.