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Stress Management at Work

Work Stressor Questionnaire

Work stressors can be identified in almost all aspects of one’s job. Before taking action to eliminate or reduce these stressors, pinpoint their sources. Isolate these factors so corrective action can begin.


Instructions: Think about how often you encounter the following situations. Rate yourself with the following scale in each category.

1 = Never

2 = Rarely

3 = Occasionally

4 = Usually

5 = Constantly


A. Disagreement & Indecision

  Unsure of coworkers expectations

  Unfriendly attitude in coworkers

  Job responsibilities go against your better judgment.

  Can’t satisfy conflicting demands from superiors

  Trouble refusing overtime


Section subtotal: 5


B. Pressure on the Job

  Overloaded at work, unable to complete tasks during an average day

  Too much supervision

  Job requirements are taking their toll on your private life

  Rushed to complete work or short on time

  Too much red tape


Section subtotal: 5


C. Job Description Conflict

  Uncertainty about your exact job responsibilities

  Too much teamwork

  Poor flow of information to you in order to carry out your job

  Not enough authority for you to  properly do your job

  Discomfort in handling unethical assignments


Section subtotal: 5


D. Communications & Comfort with Supervisor

  Ideas differ from those of your supervisor

  Trouble talking to boss

  Unable to predict supervisor’s reactions

  Boss gives little feedback about your work

  Boss is overly critical of your work


Section subtotal: 5


E. Job Related Health Concerns

  Work conditions are unhealthy

  Physical dangers exist at work place

  Heavy physical tasks to complete

  Hostile threats from co-workers

  Sick days are discouraged


Section subtotal: 5


F. Work Overload Stress

  Can’t consult with others on projects

  Co-workers are inefficient

  Often take work home to complete

  Responsible for too many people/projects

  Shortage of help at work


Section subtotal: 5


G. Work Underload Stress

  Too little responsibility at work

  Overqualified for your job

  Little chance for growth exists

  Trying to “look” busy on job

  Feeling unstimulated


Section subtotal: 5


H. Boredom Induced Stress

  Repetitive or highly specialized routine

  Not learning anything new

  Can’t see final outcome of your efforts

  Job is too easy

  Daydreaming frequently


Section subtotal: 5


I. Problem of Job Security

  Fear of being laid off or fired

  Worry about poor pension

  Concerned about low wages

  Need “pull” to get ahead

  Could be fired without cause


Section subtotal: 5


J. Time Pressure

  Constant reminders that “time is money”

  Starting and ending times are rigid

  Monotonous pace of work

  Not enough break or meal time

  Work pace is too fast


Section subtotal: 5


K. Job Barrier Stress

  Hope for advancement or raise is limited

  Sex/age discrimination exists at job

  Not suited to job

  Work has no personal meaning

  Work goes unrecognized


Section subtotal: 5


How to Score: Add the numbers you circled within each of the areas and record them. Place a star (*) next to the highest scoring category.


A. Disagreement & Indecision

B. Pressure on the Job

C. Job Description Conflict

D. Communication & Comfort with Supervisor

E. Job Related Health Concerns

F. Work Overload Stress

G. Work Underload Stress

H. Boredom Induced Stress

I. Problem of Job Security

J. Time Pressure

K. Job Barrier Stress


Your Total Score: 55


Within each area, scores will range from 5 to 25. Scores of 14 or above suggest problem areas.


Overall scores will fall within the 55 to 275 range. Scores of 135 or above would suggest an unusual amount of work related stress. Use the Ten Tips for Preventing Burnout in the next section to combat the effects of work related stress.