Occupational Stress

Work stress is the source of many health issues - headaches, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, pain, and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few. Assess your level of work stress using the scale below. High stress can be treated by massage therapy, yoga, meditation, vacation, social support, and job redesign (seize control!).

Rate the following on a scale of 1=strongly disagree, 2=disgree, 3=neither agree nor disagree, 4=agree, or 5=strongly agree. If you have more than one job, just think about the main one.

  1. Your job requires that you learn new things.
  2. Your job requires a high level of skill.
  3. Your job allows you freedom to decide how you do your job. (R)
  4. Your job requires that you do things over and over.
  5. Your job is very hectic.
  6. You are free from conflicting demands that others make. (R)
  7. Your job security is good. (R)
  8. Your job requires a lot of physical effort.
  9. You have a lot to say about what happens in your job. (R)
  10. You are exposed to hostility or conflict from the people you work with.
  11. Your supervisor is helpful in getting the job done. (R)
  12. The people you work with are helpful in getting the job done. (R)
  13. You are satisfied with your job. (R)


Scoring: For each question without an (R) next to it, give yourself 1 point for each strongly disagree, 2 points for each agree, 3 for each neither agree nor disagree, 4 for each agree, and 5 for each strongly agree.  An (R) indicates the question is reverse-scored, so give yourself 1 point for a strongly agree, etc.  The higher the score, the higher the level of your occupational stress (highest score possible = 65).