Is Your Stressful Job Worth it?

Every job has some level of stress. We all know that and what may be stressful to one person may not be stressful to another. Only you (in all your glory) can really determine whether or not you find your current job too stressful. However, there are some considerations to take into account as you do and whether or not it is worth the stress.

Take a look at the factors below. If any of these areas are extreme or you are hitting remote stress in most or all categories, they may be causing you too much stress.

These factors include:

  • Travel
  • Outlook/Potential for Growth
  • Deadlines
  • Work in the public eye
  • Competitiveness
  • Physical demands
  • Environmental conditions
  • Possible hazards
  • Own life at risk
  • Life of another at risk
  • Meeting the public

Using the above criteria, you might be able to pinpoint exactly why you think your job is so stressful (or perhaps why it’s not).

Is Your Job Worth it to You?

Most people don’t need a scale to tell them that their jobs are stressful. If you are are stressed out by your job, it might be worth considering why you are stressed out, and whether or not it is worth it. The job of air traffic controller is generally accepted as a stressful job, but many people keep at it because it pays pretty well.

When deciding whether or not your job is worth the trouble and stress, here are a few things to consider:

This is the biggest one. How much are you willing to stand if the pay is good? Another issue, of course, is how much you need the money. In some cases, people are trapped in stressful jobs that they hate because they don’t have anyplace else to turn. It’s important to look for ways to take control of your financial destiny if you ever want to get out of these situations.

In some cases, a stressful job may come with mediocre pay, but great benefits. If you get great health coverage, an employer match for your retirement plan, and a good number of paid vacation days, it can be worth staying on.

Your work environment, and the autonomy that you get might be a consideration. As a general rule, jobs with a high degree of autonomy spawn a sense of responsibility and greater job satisfaction.

How often do you have to work, and what sort of work is involved? Do you wish that you didn’t have to put in such long days? Do you wish that you had a set schedule? Or a more flexible schedule?

In the end, you need to decide what makes a job worth it for you. There’s nothing wrong with being glad that all you have to do is punch in for eight hours a day, and then go home and enjoy some time with your family — without needing to think about your job. On the other hand, if you want more flexibility, and you look for something else in a job, you might be better off considering a career change.

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