Stress Tests

How Much Job Stress Do You Have?

Numerous studies show that job stress is by far the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress — the perception of having little control but lots of demands — have been shown to be associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. Job stress is also costly, with an annual price tag for U.S. businesses of over $300 billion annually due to increased absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, medical, legal and insurance expenses and Workers' Compensation payments.

The sources, severity and consequences of job stress vary for each of us, as do the solutions for these problems. To gauge you how much your job stresses you out, answer the following ten questions.

Enter a number from the sliding scale below that best describes you.
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I can't honestly say what I really think or get things off my chest at work.
My job has a lot of responsibility, but I don't have very much authority.
I could usually do a much better job if I were given more time.
I seldom receive adequate acknowledgment or appreciation when my work is really good.
In general, I am not particularly proud or satisfied with my job.
I have the impression that I am repeatedly picked on or discriminated against at work.
My workplace environment is not very pleasant or particularly safe.
My job often interferes with my family and social obligations or personal needs.
I tend to have frequent arguments with superiors, coworkers or customers.
Most of the time I feel that I have very little control over my life at work.