While virtually every worker cares about achieving financial security and maintaining positive relationships, the differences in how workers manage their wellbeing can vary widely by age, gender, income – and even where they live in the country, according to the report "Consumer Health POV 2017."

Welltok, meQuilibrium and Zipongo surveyed 2,000 full-time employees and found some interesting demographic differences:

  • Women care more about eating healthy; men care more about getting physical activity.

  • West-coasters care more about physical activity level and getting adequate sleep than other regions.

  • Lower-income Americans care more about controlling or managing an existing condition, compared to other income brackets.

  • Those married with children are slightly more aware of their physical activity levels than other respondents.

  • Gen X is more stressed about work than any other age group, which is self-reported to have a greater impact on productivity and focus at work.

"Not surprisingly, millennials and younger Gen Xers are feeling the stress of 'adulting," which includes major life change situations, like buying a new house or starting/building a family," the authors write. "Analysis of responses by region, exposed that West-coasters are the least stressed about work, and care the most about maintaining and building relationships. Whereas, Northeasterners are more stressed about work and care less about maintaining positive relationships."

More employers are now starting to put more emphasis on stress management and building resilience, which is the ability to adapt well and recover quickly from stress or adversity, according to the report. No wonder: resilient people are five times more likely to have very good or excellent health.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.