Time to refill the ol' Xanax prescription. Mike Gurnee commented not long ago he didn’t believe there were lower stress levels with planning jobs in communities with smaller populations versus larger. I’m inclined to agree with him. There are many factors that contribute to job-related stress for planners and the size of the community probably does not directly correlate to stress levels.
‘Stress’ is of course a subjective thing and as such is difficult to measure. Some individuals thrive in work environments that would make others positively wilt. Some planners might balk at the prospect of voluminous paperwork, while others break into a cold sweat at the thought of a television interview. Which type are you?
Let’s risk making a few generalizations – what job-related factors endemic to the profession do you think contribute most to stress levels? Do you think, for example, that frequent night meetings taking you away from your family are the bane of your work, or are you in a position that is answerable directly to an elected body and feel political pressures and the resultant job insecurity most keenly? Perhaps being a ‘front counter planner’ having direct contact with the general public is most stressful to you?