Recognise your stress profile and take charge

What is your stress profile at work? How do you behave at work and how do you get in your own way? Does it affect your confidence or productivity?

Knowledge is power and if you recognise who you are, take on board the advice to change it. Or recognise others and help them to reduce their stress.

Stress comes in all sorts and sizes and as it comes to work stress, there are some categories you might recognise.

Recognise your stress profile

Supportive overloader

  • Supportive role
  • Overloaded with work
  • Set in stone how it needs to be done
  • Always being part of somebody else’s schedule
  • High-demand, low-control

Frustrated highflyer

  • Working hard
  • Making your boss or colleagues shine
  • You don’t get the credits
  • You don’t get the rewards either (raise, promotion)E
  • Effort-reward imbalance

Lonely ranger

  • You are left to your own devices
  • No guidance from your boss
  • No trusted source to turn to for help
  • On the verge of drowning
  • No team support


  • You deal with demanding and verbally abusive customers
  • You treat everyone with respect
  • Swallow your frustration and resentment
  • You don’t get the respect you deserve
  • Emotionally draining

24-7 employee

  • Constantly connected to the office
  • Meetings at ungainly hours
  • Work-life are intertwined
  • Time-off? Not even during holidays
  • Techo workaholic

Burnout worker

  • Physically exhausted
  • Emotionally drained
  • Difficulty focussing and functioning
  • Sleeping patterns are affected
  • Heading for breakdown

Sometimes a review of your work situation with your manager can create change. It needs some thoughts and suggestions from your side, so you come up with solutions that work for you. However, in most work situations the best chance of change is when you change your personal response to the work stress situation.

Some suggestions to reduce your work stress by developing a different way of thinking.

When you are aware, change your thinking and then change your behaviour

  • Supportive overload: I just do what is reasonable and no more
  • Frustrated highflyer: Find another job
  • Lonely ranger: Let’s make friends, everywhere
  • Doormat: Totally close off emotionally
  • 24-7: Sorry, I am not available
  • Burnout: I don’t care

Did you know that one of the most common reasons people see a GP is back pain? And that the most common source of backpain is stress?

If you want to find out how I can help you deal with work issues and work stress, why not book a FREE telephone coaching session ?