An Empty Shell Sitting at a Desk - Releases Results of Their Research on Burnout

Queendom releases results from their study on stress and burnout and their impact on physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing.

MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- June 27, 2011, one of the web's foremost sources of personality, career, and IQ assessments, unveils results of their Burnout Test. Their study results reveal how burnout at work can leave an employee disenchanted, disconnected, and dissatisfied. To exhaust the body is one thing, but once a person reaches the point where they no longer find joy in their work, no longer cares about colleagues and clients, and each new work day brings only dread, things have already spiraled out of control.

After analyzing data from nearly 9,000 people from all walks of life, Queendom's study results reveal that the majority of their sample has some symptoms of burnout, though not to an extreme degree. The most common issues were overall fatigue and feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled at work. Gender comparisons reveal that women were more likely than men to experience physical symptoms of burnout (headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances) while men scored slightly lower on Job Fulfillment. Additional statistics indicate that 34% of the sample have consulted a professional for a stress-related problem, 9% are considering it, 6% have been previously diagnosed with burnout, and 18% indicated that they have taken at least a week off work or school to recover from stress.

"The differences between people with healthy stress levels and those with burnout or high levels of stress at work are quite dramatic," explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. "We're seeing score differences of at least 10 points, which is pretty significant. For example, those who are currently being treated for burnout are significantly more detached from their job and experience more physical ailments than those who don't have burnout. Those with a high stress level at work have a lot less energy and are significantly more fatigued. And when it comes to feeling overwhelmed, results are through the roof: those with a high level of stress had a score of 71 on our Overwhelmed scale (score range from 0 to 100) while those with a low degree of stress scored only 27 - that's a 44-point difference. The bottom line is, when it comes to jobs where someone experiences a great deal of stress on a consistent basis, it's not a question of whether or not it will take its toll - it's when."

When comparing people with burnout to people without, results from Queendom's study also reveal that:

  • 63% of burnout sufferers feel that there's too much weight on their shoulders, compared to 12% of non-sufferers.
  • 46% of burnout sufferers feel that they work too much, compared to 22% of non-sufferers.
  • 63% of burnout sufferers feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that is expected of them, compared to 11% of non-sufferers.
  • 48% of burnout sufferers stated that just the idea of spending the whole day working with people makes them apprehensive, compared to 2% of non-sufferers.
  • 34% of burnout sufferers admit that sometimes, they don't really care what happens to their customers, compared to 6% of non-sufferers.
  • 81% of burnout sufferers feel physically rundown, compared to 23% of non-sufferers.
  • 69% of burnout sufferers feel emotionally empty at the end of the day, compared to 9% of non-sufferers.
  • 64% of burnout sufferers have difficulty sleeping, compared to 23% of non-sufferers.
  • 58% of burnout sufferers encounter periods at work where they feel like crying, compared to 6% of non-sufferers.
  • 13% of burnout sufferers find joy in their work, compared to 62% of non-sufferers.

"Based on these sobering statistics, it is clear how burnout affects every level of our being," emphasizes Dr. Jerabek. "Granted, we all experience days at work where we are left feeling tired and emotionally drained. But for those with burnout, it's a culmination of mental, physical, and emotional upheaval that brings life to a halt. At some point, even if we don't want to take a break and slow down, our worn out body and spirit will force us to."

Those who wish to take the Burnout Test can go to: (For service fields) (For non-service fields)

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Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., President
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