Stress at Work Spit Testing

Stress at Work Spit Testing

In 2013 Stress at Work was highlighted after Sir Hector Sants ex head of compliance and government and regulatory relations at Barclays resigned with immediate effect and cricketer Jonathan Trott left the Ashes tour both citing stress as their reasons.
Stress at work is estimated to cost the economy £10billion a year and employers and employees are trying to look for a way to curb stress at work. Aside from Yoga bringing the pets into the office and promoting an atmosphere of transparency a new method is saliva testing.
Joe Dunbar the director of health diagnostics provider IPRO interactive believes that it is a quick and easy way to check whether people are suffering from stress.
He told ABC.net
“The real game change here is that you can get your result within 10 or 12 minutes of actually producing a saliva sample.”
The organisational psychologist Simon Brown-Greaves told ABC.net that introducing this type of technology to the work environment raises issues about responsibility and duty of care. He was concerned that personal and professional lines can become blurred.
"In the case of drug and alcohol testing it’s pretty straight forward – if you have a positive test you have breached your employment contract and/or you’re stood down and unable to work.
"Now I’m not sure that those same principles can or indeed should apply if someone is stressed."
IPRO Interactive’s Joe Dunbar told ABC:
"The first thing you have to do is try and identify what is causing the stress in the first place and this can be a number of factors"
"One is certainly lack of sleep. We know travel has a very large stressful impact but other things like deadlines and financial worries also can have a very big impact."
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