How to measure teacher burnout?
What is teacher burnout?
The MBI is designed to measure working environments. Such as an employer’s virtual working environment.
Are many teachers exhausted?
More and more teachers lost their pre-pandemic sense of accomplishment. Then some of those teachers struggled to continue teach at all.
For many teachers things have only got worse as a result of the pandemic, with efficacy issues especially becoming overwhelming. Many may also feel like they’re not being the teacher they were before, and that’s discouraging.
Those issues have shifted the data on burnout. A study conducted between March and June of 2020 administered a series of tests, including a burnout inventory similar to the MBI, to more than 3,500 healthcare workers in the UK, Poland and Singapore. Just under 67% measured as burnt out.
While historically the true burnout profile for employees in all professions hovers just above 10%, Maslach says “that’s clearly gone up” in light of the pandemic. Now, she believes, it may be closer to 20%.
And that’s a huge problem, because true burnout can’t be fixed with a vacation or a wellness retreat.
Why your virtual working environment matters most
Avoiding true burnout on a wide scale is vital, especially because it could mean a drain of qualified people from skilled professions. That’s where the MBI, and tests like it, become invaluable tools.
Learning that I was not, in fact, experiencing real burnout was helpful. I was able to evaluate what I was actually feeling (overextension), and start thinking about what was causing that and what changes I could make. That is the point of a burnout inventory – it’s a research measure.
If there are negative scores, it doesn’t mean the problem is the individual. It’s what they’re responding to. Hence, MBI scores are warning signals.
Act quickly to reverse virtual working burnout
An organisation seeing scores on the negative end of the spectrum should be acting quickly.
Knoweldge work continues to get more challenging. During the pandemic those employees wfh, on average, worked longer and longer hours as the lockdowns wore on. Unfortunately in our opinion this is not how people do the best work.
Fix the virtual working environment
It’s not actually about measuring how many workers. The key measure here is to identify those hybrid working employees with unmanageable workloads. Then to provide hybrid working information that then educates those employees about:
- Gaining more control over their work (and working hours);
- Better hybrid working tools; and
- More autonomy in how to do their jobs better.