Job Demands & Resources

Your Job Demands

Not sure which job demands you have? Below you can find more information and examples of the most frequently found demands, along with some tips on how to decrease them.

Job demands are aspects of your job that make your job hard to do, they take energy from you and make you feel stressed. Most demands are stressful and an unnecessary hindrance towards the progress of your goals. These are hindrance demands. Some examples are role conflict, organizational politics, etc.… These demands will deplete your energy and in the end increase burn-out symptoms. But it is not all bad news. Some demands are tough, but can also energize you, as they challenge you to grow. Taking on a new project can be very demanding, but at the same time very rewarding. Demands that have the potential for personal growth are challenge demands. Some other examples are time pressure or high levels of job responsibility. These are still demands and cause stress, but at the same time, they will give you more energy.

Example demands are: 

  • Emotional demands: e.g., demanding customers, harassment, …

  • Physical demands: e.g., noise, temperature, carrying heavy things, …

  • Mental demands: e.g., role conflict, interpersonal conflict, work-home conflict, time pressure, …

Job Demands: Exercise

Take some time to reflect on your job and describe 3 demands which are present in your job. While these demands are not easy to change, there are still some things you can do. You’ll find some more explanation and templates in the worksheet on page 1-3. Find out, by moving your mouse on the boxes, four suggestions you can try at work:

Shift your Mindset

Examine your demands and try to find a silver lining in each demand. Ask yourself: what can I learn from this, why is this important,…

Provide Clarity

Discuss core tasks of each team member. Clarify what everyone should do and which tasks are a priority.


Discuss with your supervisor or co-workers what your demands are. Ask feedback and check how other perceive these demands.

Be Honest about your Workload

Talk about your workload when someone asks you to join a new project or adds a task to your list. Clarify what you can and can’t do within your time.

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