Answer key: Beating Burnout

Lesson Plan: How to Recharge from Burnout

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. burnout |ˈbərnˌout| noun  physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress: high levels of professionalism that may result in burnout | you’ll suffer a burnout.
  2. diagnosis |ˌdīəɡˈnōsəs| noun (plural diagnoses |-ˌsēz| 1 the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms: early diagnosis and treatment are essential | a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease was made.
  3. fried |frīd| past and past participle of fry1.adjective 2 [predicative] North American informal exhausted or worn out: I had just come from doing a shoot and I was really fried.
  4. phenomenon |fəˈnäməˌnänfəˈnäməˌnən| noun (plural phenomena |-nə| )1 a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question: glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena.• a remarkable person, thing, or event.
  5. emerita |əˈmerədə| adjective (of a woman who is the former holder of an office, especially a female college professor) having retired but allowed to retain her title as an honor: a professor emerita | the librarian emerita of Wellesley College.
  6. inefficacy |ˈinefiˈkāSHəs| adjective not producing the desired effect.
  7. rampant |ˈrampənt| adjective 1 (especially of something unwelcome or unpleasant) flourishing or spreading unchecked: political violence was rampant | rampant inflation.
  8. targeted verb (targets, targeting, targeted) [with object] (usually be targeted)  a person or thing against whom criticism or abuse is or may be directed.
  9. compassion  |kəmˈpaSHən| noun  sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others: the victims should be treated with compassion.
  10. calling |ˈkôliNG| noun 2 [in singular] a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation: those who have a special calling to minister to others’ needs.


Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1-your

Raise your hand if you’re completely burned out.

II –  1-is

job burnout is linked to a range of health problems.

III – 2- you’re

Letting others know you’re not OK is also key.

Reading  Identify The  Speakers

  1. Christina Maslach, now an emerita psychology professor and a researcher at the Healthy Workplaces Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

    “Burnout, is rampant today, partly because many workers feel they can’t say ‘no’ to their employers without being targeted, demoted or punished in some way.”

  2. Kira Schabram is an assistant professor of management in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

    “For a long time, the assumption was that when you reach burnout, others need to pull you out of it…employers are ultimately responsible for conditions that drive burnout, but…employees who cannot leave and are not getting support can still help themselves.”

  3. Chanea Bond, 32, [is] an English teacher at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Ms. Bond has experienced all dimensions of burnout .

    “It’s overwhelming…It’s a lot of layers of trauma without very many resources.”

  4. Dr. Sareh Parangi, an endocrine surgeon and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and the chair of surgery at nearby Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

    “I literally couldn’t move out of my chair. It took every last bit of energy for me to change out of my scrubs.”

  5. Steven Azizi, an employment lawyer based in Los Angeles who specializes in representing workers in claims against their employers.

    “No matter what your burnout feels like, it’s important to get help.Workplace cultures vary, but employers are legally bound to offer some form of protection for people who might be suffering from burnout.”