questionshow stressful is your job?


D. My lack of a job is very stressful.


A, minus the getting paid part. I'm a full time student on summer break.


My job is somewhere between Air Traffic Controller and Birthday Clown. One day I have the stress of the responsibility for the well being and relative happiness for large numbers of people and the next I have a relaxing day of watching a TV screen with blinking lights all day.....


B) Most of our dev team has worked 80 hour weeks for most of the last 6 months or so, but even so, the occasional screaming monkey fight really cut down on the stress levels.


I'm retired, but I learned a long time ago that it's not the work or situation that's stressful; it is your belief as to whether or not you can do what you need to do, that causes the stress.


not too stressful. then again I just don't care anymore, so whoosh, under the bridge.


My job's stress level goes up to 11.

The only thing more stressful than hearing, "My ex-wife found out that I've been molesting her daughter and threatened to call the police, so when I leave here, I'm going to go kill her, kill the kid, and kill myself" is hearing, "Professor Social? The student in room 12 says her client claims he molested his step-daughter and when he leaves here, he's going to go kill her, his ex-wife, and then himself. Can you deal with that?"


The job itself is stressful but not as much as the job security.

I've been through many layoffs -- luckily I survived them all but I cannot say the same for my teammates. I never know when I'll be next. Due to the economy, the company keeps announcing more and more people to let go. Every time we merge with a another company, they get rid of people again -- usually in the support departments like mine. This cycle keeps happening and my stress level increases each time.


My stress level reached limits beyond the options listed so I retired about three weeks ago. Stress isn't gone, dang it, but my stress symptoms have reduced slightly.

Note about layoffs and potential layoffs: It's bad enough waiting to see if you're own job will be eliminated, but being the person responsible to making the decisions on WHICH jobs are affected, while waiting for your OWN job to be eliminated soon thereafter, well that took the stress level off the charts for me. Firing people because they're bad employees is one thing, but firing them to feed the political aspirations of a fascist governor for political, not economic reasons, was entirely too much.



B, though I'd say most days are better, rather than some days are better.

Fortunately, I have very little stress about job security. Most of my stress comes from me worrying about things that are important but have almost never been a real problem (making ends meet in a financial sense, after paying for the stuff my daughters need and some of the stuff that they want, without paying too much interest).



Truthfully, I'd say "B" applies for me.


IMHOP stress is not equal to over worked. I like being 'overwhelmed' with request.


@belyndag: You have my sympathy (and empathy). Even after I retired (Feb 1, 2006), I was still getting emails from people hoping I could help them (and if I could, I still tried). Mind you, that was not my job function, but I spent years in a mentoring capacity (in addition to my stated responsibilities), and was not able to just walk away from that.

It died down after the first year, but I still get the occasional email asking for advice or a recommendation, and I respond as best I can. I provide a couple of extra recommendation letters (in signed, sealed envelopes), just in case they're needed down the road. You never know.

My job used to involve an enormous amount of stress, but there's good stress and bad stress. Eighty and ninety hour weeks were the norm, not the exception. The longest week I can remember working was 125 (yeah, that's basically work, go home, sleep, shower, go back to work).

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I liked that part of my life. I miss the impossible deadlines, and difficult problems. I spent most of my working life in those situations, and I probably sought them out.

The bad stress is when you are in a situation where you have little or no control over what will happen to you, or to others. It's hard also to know that you can't intercede or protect good people when times are tough.

I miss working, and I miss the intellectual challenges, but I don't miss the politics, and the pettiness.

Last night I put up 17 half pints of apricot jam. Today I'll probably put up beets, and maybe some wax beans. Not a lot of stress in that.

So it goes.

[Edit. Here's my favorite motto: I don't get stress. I give it.]


My job was a great deal worse 2 years ago. I decided I'd look around, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I had more options- even got some fair offers- than I thought, given the dire job reports in the news. So, I took some online courses(through work, so THEY'RE paying for it!) and now I don't get bothered by all this nearly as much.
It's all about your attitude.


I fall into the B) category. Alittle bit of mild stress but not enough to make me hate my job. I'm just grateful to be employed.


Like many others here, I fall in to the B category as well. Most days are fine, but some days are tough.


@shrdlu: Thanks. I can't begin to imagine a 125 hour work week. We had stretches of time in the past when we regularly hit 70-80 hours (mandatory) each week and that was when my kids were small so it was terribly What's been so rough lately has been that we spent years upgrading, modernizing, streamlining, and generally improving things to the point that turnover dropped from 70% overall (and over 160% in the worst areas) to less than 10%, productivity skyrocketed, error rates plummeted, customer service answered calls in less than 5 seconds, and we started presenting workshops for our counterpart agencies in other states (at their request) to teach them how to do things the way we do it. Awards galore!

Wow! Major run-on sentence there! Sorry! Anyway, our downsizing had nothing to do with the economy, quality of work, or anything other than politics. We were making our governor look bad by doing a terrific job. Laying people off for doing too well? Argh!


@belyndag: My 125 hours were far different than your mandated 70-80. I was willing, or I wouldn't have done it. The project I was on did have one or two people with younger families, and they were encouraged NOT to emulate the rest of us. When you're spending your days just meeting technical challenges, and working with a bunch of other smart people who all have the same focus, it's exhilarating .

I have always made it plain to anyone that worked with me that family trumps everything, which is as it should be.

Your situation, where you've been punished for doing good, is the kind of thing that just makes me sad. I send you virtual hugs.


I'm between:
A) I have it easy. I pretty much get paid for surfing the internet and hanging out on Woot.
B) It's manageable. Some days are better than others.

However, internet is a no-no in my job. We aren't even supposed to use our phones (I do however!). My big time wasters at work have been beading (I have made both jewelry and some really cute beaded ornaments) Snowflake ornament , Snowman and a flower among others! I have also made a scrapbook and other 'easy' craft projects. Sometimes I'll read or play video games on my DS.

There are some busy times that can get a little crazy, like when the college kids all come in to rent space for the summer, 6 or 7 at a time all wanting their units ready NOW can be crazy. Or the occasional crazy customer. But, mostly good. :)


Have been retired for many years. Would just like to make an observation. Many people thrive on pressure. Others call pressure something different - to them it's stressful.

Depends on the person, their particular personality, the job itself, and really, whatever else is going on in their personal life. I found making myself 'look busy' to be stressful. Politics drove me crazy. Loved challenges, pressure, short time frames and seemingly impossible tasks.

Do understand that the environment today is very different than when I was working. Am hopeful that all of you will reach the place where I am today...content.


@shrdlu: @shrdlu: Thanks for the virtual hugs. I needed them and am virtually hugging back. And you're absolutely correct: family should come first. Fortunately, we finally got rid of the CEO who couldn't seem to understand that. (His response to an employee who wanted to miss part of ONE DAY of mandatory OT to attend his daughter's First Communion was, "Sounds like a personal problem to me.")