I Quit!: Job Burnout Survey Results

Work can be extremely stressful. Last week, we ran a “job burnout” survey.  We had 40 individuals participate in the study. Their average age was 40.47 and had accumulated 9 years of experience in their current position. The majority of the respondents were pastors but not exclusively so. Respondents’ job types included teachers, principals, counselors, government workers, and businesspersons. The results were telling: the respondents, primarily made up of pastors, seemed to demonstrate elements of burnout.

Most agreed that their work was characterized by intense pressure (72.5%). 45% of respondents said that no matter what they do, things just don’t seem to get any better.  60% were emotionally drained. Most experience conflicting demands and are not as healthy as they have been. 35% are tired of trying, and 47.5% have recently thought about quitting.

The survey questions and their responses are below.

My work is characterized by intense pressure.

  • Strongly agree: 22.5%
  • Agree: 50%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 10%
  • Disagree: 17.5%
  • Strongly disagree: 0%

No matter what I do, things on the job don’t seem to get any better.

  • Strongly agree: 15%
  • Agree: 30%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 12.5%
  • Disagree: 37.5%
  • Strongly disagree: 5%

I feel “emotionally drained” on my job. 

  • Strongly agree: 22.5%
  • Agree: 37.5%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 15%
  • Disagree: 20%
  • Strongly disagree: 5%

I frequently experience conflicting demands.

  • Strongly agree: 28.21%
  • Agree: 48.72%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 10.26%
  • Disagree: 7.69%
  • Strongly disagree: 5.13%

I am tired of trying. 

  • Strongly agree: 12.5%
  • Agree: 22.5%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 22.5%
  • Disagree: 22.5%
  • Strongly Disagree: 20%

I no longer have enough time to tend to my family and personal needs.

  • Strongly agree: 10%
  • Agree: 27.5%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 12.5%
  • Disagree: 40%
  • Strongly disagree: 10%

I worry about losing my job.

  • Strongly agree: 12.82%
  • Agree: 28.21%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 5.13%
  • Disagree: 25.64%
  • Strongly disagree: 28.21%

I feel a sense of isolation from my coworkers.

  • Strongly agree: 20%
  • Agree: 17.5%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 12.5%
  • Disagree: 35%
  • Strongly disagree: 15%

Recently, I have not been as healthy as usual.

  • Strongly agree: 25%
  • Agree: 40%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 7.5%
  • Disagree: 20%
  • Strongly disagree: 7.5%

Temporarily removing myself from my job seems to resolve my feelings.

  •  Strongly agree: 10%
  • Agree: 32.5%
  • Neither agree nor disagree: 22.5%
  • Disagree: 25%
  • Strongly disagree: 10%

Have you recently considered quitting your job?

  • Yes: 47.5%
  • No: 52.5%

Can you relate to these respondents?

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