- What exhausts you the most?
- Do you consider yourself burnt out? Why or why not?
- stage /steyj/
- benchmark /BENCH-mahrk/
- pessimism /PES-uh-miz-uhm/
- engage /en-GEYJ/
- category /KAT-i-gawr-ee/
[noun] – a part of an activity or a period of development
We are already in the final stage of this product’s development.
[noun] – a level of quality that can be used as a standard against which to compare other things
They created a new set of benchmarks to check and know the quality of their services.
[noun] – the tendency to see the bad side of things or to expect the worst in any situation
You can clearly see Richard’s pessimism. He doesn’t sound happy at all.
[verb] – to become involved, or have contact, with someone or something
Were you engaged in any club activities when you were in high school?
[noun] – a grouping of people or things by type in any systematic arrangement
Please arrange the books by category.
In 1981, Christina Maslach, a psychology professor at the University of California, developed the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). This test shows the stages of burnout using three benchmarks: lack of motivation, pessimism, and decreased productivity. If a person received negative scores on all, he or she is considered burnt out. “People use burnout as a synonym for tired, and they’re missing the point that there’s a world of difference between those two states,” Michael Leiter, Maslach’s co-author of “The Truth About Burnout,” said. The MBI findings show that the largest group of people experiencing burnout are those who aren’t fully engaged in their work. Some employees, for example, go to work because they have bills to pay, not because they find interest in what they do.
Burnout, however, doesn’t only have two stages of “yes” or “no.” In fact, Maslach and Leiter revealed three additional profiles in between the MBI test in their newest studies: exhausted, ineffective, and disengaged. People who fall under any of these categories don’t have burnout but are getting there. The “good” thing is that burnout is oftentimes not an individual issue, and the environment can cause the person to feel it. This is why MBI and other related tests are useful in determining burnout and preventing or getting rid of it. Do you want to take the test now that you know how it is measured?
- Who is Christina Maslach?
- What are the three benchmarks in measuring burnout?
- Based on MBI’s results, which group of people has the largest cases of burnout?
- What does it mean if a person falls under the “exhausted” category of the MBI?
- What can cause a person to feel or experience burnout aside from their personal issue?
- Do you agree that the three benchmarks are enough to determine burnout? Please share your thoughts.
- Based on what Michael Leiter said, what is the difference between burnout and exhaustion?
- Which of the six categories do you fall under? Why do you think so?
- Is it necessary to see a doctor if we feel like we have burnout? Why or why not?
- How can we prevent burnout?