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This Science-Backed Quiz Can Determine How Close You Are To Burnout

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Whether you’re feeling just a little bit frazzled or are slowly but surely reaching breaking point, a new science-backed test could be just the thing to clarify how close you are to burnout.

The Burnout Assessment Tool, also known as BAT, is a scientifically validated questionnaire, that can identify just how close you might be to burning out once and for all.

BAT measures four main groups of risk factors: exhaustion, mental distancing (feeling unwilling to invest energy), cognitive impairment (such as having trouble concentrating) and emotional impairment (such as feeling unable to control your emotions at work).

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The questionnaire, which is designed to be administered by workplace psychology professionals, has the ability to identify employees who require the most urgent support with burnout. However, a group of Norwegian researchers have also developed an online quiz that people can use 'for entertainment and educational purposes' to 'test if they are at risk of burnout'.

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It comes after a survey revealed more than a third of adults faced extreme pressure in the workplace in the past year.

A YouGov poll from 2023 found that among 2,060 adults – 1,132 of whom were workers – 35% had experienced high or extreme levels of pressure at work, with 20% requiring time off due to poor mental health caused by stress in the past year.

Mental Health UK’s chief executive, Brian Dow, warned in a statement that the UK was 'rapidly becoming a burnt-out nation' with a 'worrying number of people' taking time off due to poor mental health caused by stress.


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