Objective: The purpose of this study is to clarify the factors related to attitudes toward responses to a stress survey in the Stress Check Program, which is used to screen for workers with high psychosocial stress at the workplace.
Methods: An anonymous self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted on 1,800 regular staff member of a financial industry (valid response rate: 72.0%). The questionnaire items were the brief job stress questionnaire (BJSQ), the sense of coherence (SOC-13), the Japanese version of the Utrecht work engagement scale (UWES-J), attitudes toward responses to the stress survey, and the concerns of subjects regarding the stress check program.
Results: The stress in interpersonal relationships at the workplace in the BJSQ, “concerns about leaking results to the company”, “concerns about receiving persistent calls for an interview”, and “concerns about a disadvantageous treatment by the company” were positively related to ‘writing general truths’, whereas the support from the boss in the BJSQ and the subscales of SOC-13 were negatively related to ‘writing general truths’. The stress in interpersonal relationships at the workplace and “concerns about receiving persistent calls for an interview” were positively related to ‘writing falsehoods’, but the “dedication” in UWES-J was negatively related to ‘writing falsehoods’.
Conclusions: To obtain authentic answers in the stress survey, it is important (1) to smooth relationships at the workplace, (2) to devise operation systems such as an interview guidance, and (3) to provide support that enhances the ability of workers to cope with stress and work engagement.