Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change
Stress causes absenteeism and burnout, but how can you tell if a colleague or an employee is at risk from severe stress? You can use a checklist based on the APGAR scoring system, a method introduced in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar to quickly summarize the health of a newborn baby. Rather than being a test, survey, or assessment tool, the Stress-APGAR provides a set of guidelines that help executives quickly recognize and articulate factors that may lead to burnout. The acronym recalls five key areas of potential pressure overload: appearance, performance, growth tension, affect control, and relationships.