Want to Avoid Future Burnout at Your Next Job? Ask These 7 Key Questions

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Burnout is continuing to pervade the work environments and people are responding by quiet quitting, resigning and everything in between.  The truth is people are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  They aren’t standing for mistreatment, lack of direction, poor management and low pay.  Because it seems that people are quitting at high rates, companies aren’t prepared to handle the workloads, and frankly have planned poorly for extreme situations.

These loads are often landing on existing employees and leading to turmoil in house. It seems that a workplace revolution is in progress and it’s becoming more important to choose careers and jobs wisely that are in alignment with purpose and lifestyle.

If someone has experienced burnout and wants to prevent it in their next job, it’s important for them to ask thoughtful questions during the interview process to gather information about the work environment, company culture, and support systems.

Here are a list of questions you should ask a potential boss before you work for them in the future.  It’s called the reverse burnout interview questions so you can stop burnout before it even begins.  It’s important to ask because, after all, you should interview your employer as much as they interview you.

Here are the seven questions you should ask:

  1. Workload and Expectations:
    • Can you describe the typical workload for this role?
    • How do you prioritize tasks and manage deadlines?
    • Are there any expectations for working overtime or on weekends?
    • How do you ensure a healthy work-life balance for employees?
    • What is the contingency plan should someone be out sick or quit?
  2. Support and Resources:
    • What kind of support or resources are available to help employees manage stress and prevent burnout?
    • Are there opportunities for professional development or training programs to enhance skills and knowledge?
    • How do you encourage work-life balance and employee well-being?
  3. Communication and Feedback:
    • How do you promote open and effective communication within the team and the organization as a whole?
    • What is the process for providing feedback and addressing concerns or conflicts?
    • Are there regular performance evaluations or check-ins to discuss workload and job satisfaction?
  4. Company Culture and Values:
    • How would you describe the company culture here?
    • What values are important to the organization and how are they demonstrated?
    • How do you recognize and appreciate the efforts of employees?
  5. Flexibility and Autonomy:
    • Are there opportunities for flexible work hours or remote work arrangements?
    • How much autonomy does this role offer in decision-making and task prioritization?
  6. Employee Support Programs:
    • Are there any employee assistance programs or initiatives to support mental health and well-being?
    • Are there wellness programs, such as mindfulness sessions, counseling services, or gym memberships?
  7. Previous Employee Experiences:
    • Can you provide contact information for any current or former employees who would be willing to discuss their experiences working here?

Remember, asking these questions during an interview demonstrates your commitment to self-care and work-life balance. It also allows you to gather valuable insights into the company’s approach to employee well-being, which can help you make an informed decision about whether it’s the right fit for you.

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