Emotional exhaustion has been described as the core symptom of burnout. Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) is an instrument that allows exploring exhaustion in more detailed and also studying the individual’s attribution of exhaustion to specific domains in life. Furthermore, the three scales predicted future sickness absence, sleep problems, use of pain-killers, and intention to quit.

Furthermore, the
three scales predicted future sickness absence, sleep problems, use of pain-killers, and intention to
quit.
The 3 burnout scales concern to 3 domains:

  1. Personal burnout - a generic scale to be responded by all persons
  2. Work-related burnout - a work-related scale to be responded by persons who do paid work
  3. Client-related burnout - a scale to be responded by persons who work with clients (including patients, students, inmates, etc.).

The following 9 topics can help you to predict burnout on at least one burnout scale:

  • high emotional demands
  • high demands for hiding emotions
  • high quantitative demands
  • high work pace
  • low possibilities for development
  • low meaning of work
  • low predictability
  • low role-clarity
  • high role-conflict

The Copenhagen Burnout Inventory is a tool for the assessment of burnout. So we leave you with the questions that can help you to identify or even predict burnout in those 3 domains of life, according to the specific 3 scales:

Personal Burnout

Personal burnout

Definition: is a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion.

Questions:

  1. How often do you feel tired?
  2. How often are you physically exhausted?
  3. How often are you emotionally exhausted?
  4. How often do you think: ”I can’t take it anymore”?
  5. How often do you feel worn out?
  6. How often do you feel weak and susceptible to illness?

Work-related burnout

Definition: Work-related burnout is a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion, which is perceived as related to the person’s work.

Questions:

  1. Is your work emotionally exhausting?
  2. Do you feel burnt out because of your work?
  3. Does your work frustrate you?
  4. Do you feel worn out at the end of the working day?
  5. Are you exhausted in the morning at the thought of another day at work?
  6. Do you feel that every working hour is tiring for you?
  7. Do you have enough energy for family and friends during leisure time?

Client-related burnout

Definition: Client-related burnout is a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion, which is perceived as related to the person’s work with clients.
(Clients, patients, social service recipients, elderly citizens, or inmates.)

Questions:

  1. Do you find it hard to work with clients?
  2. Do you find it frustrating to work with clients?
  3. Does it drain your energy to work with clients?
  4. Do you feel that you give more than you get back when you work with clients?
  5. Are you tired of working with clients?
  6. Do you sometimes wonder how long you will be able to continue working with clients?

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