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Stress: Is It Getting to You?

One of the constants of modern life is stress -- and everyone deals with it differently. How does stress affect you at work, and how do you handle it? That's the subject of this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey, which as always is unscientific, since anyone who wishes to can participate:

Would you say that the amount of stress you feel at work these days is:

About the same as usual

Less than usual

More than usual

Not sure

What's the primary cause of stress you feel at work?

The type of work

The pace of the job

Your boss

Your co-workers

Confrontational/competitive work environment

Teamwork environment

Concerns about job security

Personal issues that spill over into work


Not sure

Would you say that, compared with a year ago, your job is:

More secure

Less secure

As secure

Not sure

Has the stress you feel at work affected your health in any way?



Not sure

If workplace stress has affected your health, in what ways has it? (Choose all that apply)

Weight gainWeight lossHigh cholesterolHigh blood pressureChronic minor illnessesDepressionMarital/relationship strifeSubstance abuseOtherWorkplace stress hasn't affected my health

Do you think that your employer understands the extent to which stress does -- or doesn't -- affect you on the job?



Don't know

Whether your company does or doesn't understand, does it offer advice or training in how to reduce stress?



Don't know

What are the best ways you've found to reduce stress at work? (Choose all that apply)

Exercise moreConcentrate on staying relaxedAvoid overeatingStep away from your workstation at regular intervalsTake days off periodicallyTune out your boss or co-workersWork as hard as possible to do well and make your job more securePsychotherapyJoin a substance abuse programOtherI don't worry about stress at work

Are you a:



Do you work for a:

Small company (fewer than 100 employees)

Big company (more than 100 employees)

How much education do you have?

High school degree

High school plus some college

Undergraduate degree

Graduate degree

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