Job seekers should assess potential employers for signs of a burnout culture and ask probing questions during the interview process to ensure a human-focused work environment.
Burnout is often a result of adverse work conditions, such as lack of autonomy, unfairness, and unsustainable workload. 76% of employees have experienced burnout, so job seekers must identify whether potential employers have a burnout culture. Job seekers can assess a company’s culture by looking at job postings, benefits, reviews, and whether the company has signed the Thrive and SHRM mental health and well-being pledge. During the interview stage, job seekers can ask questions about the six causes of burnout identified by researchers Michael P. Leiter and Christina Maslach to assess whether a company has a human-focused culture. It is also essential to pay attention to interviewers’ behaviors and observe how the company treats its employees during the interview process.