Moorhead and Griffin (1995) have defined Stress as "a persons adaptive response to a stimulus that places excessive psychological or physical demands on him or her". Stress is a word that we probably hear used every day of our lives. Because the term is so familiar to us, and we all know a bit about it, many of us underestimate the significant part that this subject can play in our lives today. I undertook primary research to establish first hand to what extent a random sample of 60 working individuals believed that they experienced stress, which was work-related. Since I was dealing with a sensitive subject I felt that a structured questionnaire might be the simplest and quickest way to establish the facts. Initially I met with a reluctance on the part of managers to having a survey carried out, but thanks to my colleagues and friends in the Communications Workers Union I did succeed in having my questionnaire, containing 25 questions distributed at a trade union AGM. Effectively they have been filled out by workers who are all members of the communications workers union and may work for Eircom, An Post, or any of the Eircom subsidiaries. The basic findings showing the breakdown of male and female respondents and also the various percentages who experienced work related stress are outlined in tables 1 to 6 and are further broken down into age categories which may prove useful in the event of future research. A much more detailed analysis of my findings is given in tables 7 to 12 at Appendix 1. In addition my secondary research provides the reader with details of many of the known sources of Organisational and Extra-Organisational Stress. It also examines the significance of personality and stress. I have also researched what information is available on individual and organisational consequences of stress and included some specific organisational level stress management programmes. I then detail some of the organisational implications of ignoring stress. In my conclusions I state that probably the most significant thing arising from my research is that it appears to make a good case for conducting more detailed investigations in this area in the future. A high percentage of workers were found to experience work related stress. There were also other significant aspects of their work lives, which were common to both the male and female respondents who believed that they regularly experienced work related stress. I have stated that I believe that findings such as these should be of interest and concern to any manager. At Appendix Il details are given of conditions most commonly associated with stress, and at Appendix Ill, I have included a stress self test. At Appendix IV is a copy of my structured questionnaire.