Typical Levels Combinations
From: How-Tos & Guides
Your levels can help you understand your current work-life, applying insights from burnout and engagement research.
The scenarios below help you understand how your work and life situation impacts your indicators of well-being.
Which one is most like you?
Example 1: Sarah.
Sarah has high mood, zen (low stress), energy and motivation.
Sarah has a balanced schedule, is in control of her life, and feels aligned to the goals and values present in her work. She faces limited conflict, difficulty or frustration. She has excess energy to give to her work, family, personal life or projects, and using it sparingly, maintaining her personal space and reserving some white space in her calendar for unexpected events. She is feeling successful and confident, and focuses her well-being efforts on directing her motivation and capacity to take on a new challenge in work.
Example 2: Joe.
Joe has low mood, zen (high stress), low energy and low motivation.
Joe is struggling with multiple challenges or set-backs, both temporary and structural. He has neither balance nor value alignment in his work. In fact, he faces a difficult, demotivating, uncertain, and stressful environment, which is zapping his energy and causing him to feel high stress. It's a good time for Joe to check up on why he's feeling that way, and try to address it. Even he doesn't think he needs it, he decides to reach out to others to help him with is well-being. He seeks a friend, colleague or professional to support.
Example 3: Beatrice.
High motivation and mood, but low zen (high stress) and low energy.
Beatrice feels aligned to and motivated by her work, and she is generally happy. Her work and life environments are safe and supportive. That said, Beatrice's work is high-pressure and demanding, and she tends to have busy and intense days. She also has a child at home, which draws down on her excess energy when she leaves work. Since her main issue in life is balance, she focusses her well-being efforts on planning her weekly schedule, making sure she prioritises her sleep, diet and exercise, along with other personal well-being routines.
Example 4. Tony.
Low motivation, high zen (low stress), medium mood, and medium energy.
Tony is in a routine, boring and low-demand job. He has occasional run-ins with his colleagues which upset him, but otherwise his work and life are OK. Tony's motivation is low because he has limited opportunities to grow, or be challenged. His mood and energy are dampened by a lack of motivation, and without growth opportunities he feels slightly unsettled, leading to an undercurrent of stress. Tony's main well-being issue is values alignment - he does not have sufficiently motivating or exciting work. He decides to focus his well-being efforts on getting to the gym, but also seeking out new and interesting side projects - whilst planning a good way to approach his boss to ask for a transfer to a new role.