Stress Management Managing Job Stress Is Your Job Putting You at Risk for Burnout? Make changes to reduce potential job burnout. By Elizabeth Scott, MS Updated September 19, 2016 Share Pin Email More in Stress Management Managing Job Stress Basics Effects on Health Understanding Stress Relaxation Techniques Low Stress Lifestyle Tips Relationship Stress Management Techniques Reducing Stress with Spirituality Students and Stress Situational Stress Fun and Games Meditation Frequently Asked Questions Glossary View All 1. Are you valued or recognized at your job? Yes, I feel recognized for my accomplishments and valued for my work. Sort of. I don't get a ton of accolades, but I don't feel really devalued or unrecognized. No, I feel pretty taken for granted and undervalued much of the time. 2. Do you feel that you have balance in your life? Yes, I have at least adequate time for everything that's important to me. Sort of. I either have a little time for everything, or adequate time for a few things; not both. No, I feel I'm seriously lacking the time to fit major things that are important to me into my lifestyle. 3. Do you have the time and resources to accomplish what you have to do? Yes, I'm on my toes, but I have enough time to do my jobl without having to knock myself out too much. Sort of. I have to put in extra hours and/or take work home if I don't want to cut corners on my job. No. There's no way one person could adequately do what I'm expected to. 4. Do you feel like you're making a difference? Yes, I feel my job is important. Sort of. What I do isn't of paramount importance, but I do feel that the work I do matters enough. No, I really don't feel the work I do makes a difference to anyone, including me. 5. Are you appropriately compensated? Yes, when you factor in financial and other less tangible forms of compensation, it's definitely worth it. Sort of. There are others who make more, but I'm still better compensated than I could be. No, I'm really not compensated appropriately for the level of effort I put in. 6. If you have "crunch time," do you also have down time? Yes, after I have to put in extra effort, there are always times that I can regroup. Sort of, but the hours of intense effort outnumber the hours of relaxation. No, I feel that I'm almost always in 'crunch mode' and working extra hard, with very little or no 'down time'. 7. Are you able to take regular vacations? Yes, I take a vacation every year, and there's always nights and weekends to relax. Sort of. I may not take a formal vacation every year, but I do have time where I can just relax and play. No, I very rarely get vacation time, and even work a significant number of nights and weekends. 8. Do you feel you are being treated fairly? Yes. Sort of. There's no organized effort to treat me unfairly, though things don't always work out as I'd prefer. No, I really feel that there are things that go on in my work life that are unfair, but I can't do much about it. 9. Do you have anyone you can talk to about the stress you experience? Yes, I have a supportive network, and at least some are people with whom I can discuss my feelings. Sort of; I have some people I talk to, but we don't talk about feelings and frustrations, it's mostly superficial. No, I don't have anyone I can really talk to about anything significant. 10. Are you able to get enough sleep? Are you able to get enough sleep? Sort of; sometimes I get 7 hours, but sometimes it's less. No, I get 6 or few hours of sleep most nights. 11. Do you feel like there will be dire consequences if you make a mistake? No, everyone makes mistakes, and nobody's going to die if I mess up here and there. Sort of. I may disappoint people if I make a mistake, but the consequences aren't horrible. Yes, it's practically life or death if I make a mistake in my work, so I have to be very careful. 12. Is your job significantly different than what you were originally expecting? No, and all things considered, I'm glad I chose this line of work! Sort of, but switching to a different job or line of work would be more trouble than it's worth. I feel pretty disillusioned; it's really not what I thought it'd be, and I'm not sure I'm in the right place. 13. Does your job afford you the freedom to make decisions? Yes, I have overall goals to fulfill, but how I tackle them, and on what schedule, is up to me. Sort of. I have some wiggle room to make decisions, but most of my day is planned for me. No, I have little to no choice in how I do my job and how I spend my time. 14. Do you feel respected and valued by co-workers and others? Yes, I feel respected by my peers and other people. Sort of. I don't get as much respect as I'd like, but I'm not terribly disrespected. I feel the level of respect I get is seriously lacking. 15. Do you generally feel excited about coming to work, or do you dread it? I generally wake up looking forward to the day ahead. Sometimes I'd rather do something besides work, but I generally enjoy my work at least somewhat. Honestly, many days it's hard to get out of bed to face more of the same. 16. Are there opportunities for you to advance? Yes, I feel like I'm working toward future opportunities. Sort of; my job will never become my dream job, but I do have goals to advance toward. No, I feel I'm in a dead-end job, or working in a situation that will never be great. 17. Do you feel productive? Yes, I almost always feel I'm getting a lot accomplished. Sometimes I feel less productive than other times, but I'm generally getting things done well. Not really; sometimes I even feel I get done far less than I should given my efforts. 18. How does your work generally make you feel? Vital, stimulated, and happy to be there. Sometimes I get bored, but sometimes I'm pretty happy. Grumpy. Sometimes I feel overly sensitive or even sad? 19. Are you able to feel successful? Yes, I'm able to do a job I can be proud of. Sort of. Sometimes I wish I could do better, but I can generally feel okay with my efforts. No, I have more responsibility than one person can handle, and can never feel I've done well enough. 20. Are expectations made clear, so you know what you have to do to succeed? Yes, everything's clearly spelled out and I know what I have to do. Sort of. I understand the basics, but sometimes things are a little unclear so I'm not sure. No, I feel people's expectations aren't clear; I only seem to find out after I've already disappointed someone. Is Your Job Putting You at Risk for Burnout? You got: You Have Relatively High Job Satisfaction! Westend61/ Getty Images You probably already know this, but you are a good match for your job. It keeps you stimulated, but not overwhelmed, and the payoff is worth the effort. You may want to search this site for some good general stress management techniques for when inevitable life stress sets in (see the resources below), but you shouldn't be experiencing any major problems with burnout. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Is Your Job Putting You at Risk for Burnout? You got: You Have A Roughly Average Risk For Burnout Astronaut Images/Caiaimage/Getty Images You experience some frustrations with your work that may put you at an increased risk for burnout, and perhaps should look at the areas of your work life that cause you additional stress. You may be able to make some changes that can help you experience more job satisfaction, such as asking for clearer job requirements, better compensation, or more time off. You can also make your lifestyle a greater source of satisfaction by increasing the level of lifestyle balance you have in your overall life and working harder at having time for hobbies and strong relationships. (See the resources below for help with this.) THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Is Your Job Putting You at Risk for Burnout? You got: You're At Significant Risk For Burnout Cultura RM/Jason Butcher/ Getty Images You are in a situation that puts you at a serious risk for burnout, and you should carefully look at the areas of your work life that cause you additional stress. You may be able to make some changes that can help you experience more job satisfaction, such as asking for clearer job requirements, better compensation, or more time off. You may, however, want to do some serious soul searching and reconsider whether your job is really a good fit for you, or see if other areas of your life can change in order to compensate. You can also make your lifestyle a greater source of satisfaction by increasing the level of lifestyle balance you have in your overall life and working harder at having time for hobbies and strong relationships. Self care is an important part of wellbeing as well, and it's very important that you take time for this. All in all, you need to remember to nurture yourself so that you don't burn out. (See the resources below for help with this.) THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. 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