Source: Headington Institute
Please note: this scale is not a clinical diagnostic instrument and is provided for educational purposes. It merely identifies some of the more common symptoms of burnout.
INSTRUCTIONS: In the last month, how often has the following been true for you? Write the number for each question on a piece of paper and add them up for your total.
0 l Never 1 l Seldom 2 l Sometimes 3 l Often 4 l Always
_____ 1. I feel tired or sluggish much of the time, even when I'm getting enough sleep.
_____ 2. I find that I am easily annoyed by other people's demands and stories about their daily activities.
_____ 3. I feel detached, and like I don't really care about the problems and needs of other people.
_____ 4. I am having more and more trouble being interested in my work.
_____ 5. I feel sad.
_____ 6. I have become absent-minded. I forget appointments, deadlines, and personal possessions.
_____ 7. I find myself avoiding people and don't even enjoy being around close friends and family members.
_____ 8. I feel drained; even routine activities are an effort.
_____ 9. I've been experiencing physical problems like stomachaches, headaches, lingering colds, and general aches and pains.
_____ 10. I have sleeping problems.
_____ 11. I have difficultly making decisions.
_____ 12. I feel burdened by responsibilities and pressures.
_____ 13.I have little enthusiasm for work and when I think about my work my feelings are mostly negative.
_____ 14. At work, I consistently fall short of expectations that I have for myself or that others have for me. I'm less efficient than I feel I should be.
_____ 15. I've been eating more (or less), smoking more cigarettes, watching more television, or using more alcohol or drugs.
_____ 16. I feel like I can't solve the problems assigned to me at work.
_____ 17. I feel like my work is insignificant/doesn't make a difference.
_____ 18. I feel "used" and unappreciated at work.
_____ 19. I get easily frustrated and irritable over small inconveniences.
_____ 20. I have trouble concentrating and completing tasks at work.
_____ 21. I feel like I have too much (or too little) to do at work.
_____ 22. I work long hours (more than 10/day) or don't have at least 1 day off work each week.
_____ 23. I find myself involved with conflicts at work or with family.
_____ 24. I have trouble caring about whether I complete my work or do it well.
_____ 25. I feel like my coworkers are largely incompetent/not doing their jobs well.
_____ TOTAL SCORE
A score in this range suggests that you're probably in good shape and experiencing little burnout.
A score in this range suggests that you may be experiencing a low to moderate degree of burnout.
A score in this range suggests that you may be experiencing a moderate to high degree of burnout.
A score in this range suggests that you may be experiencing a very high degree of burnout.