Measurement of stress levels may be flawed

first_imgMeasurement of stress levels may be flawedOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article How organisations measure stress levels and their impact on the health ofworkers may be flawed, a study commissioned by the HSE has found. The review, the first ever carried out by the HSE on measures of workplacestressors, found the amount and quality of evidence on different measures waslimited. There was only sufficient evidence available to provide a detailedanalysis of five of the 25 common stress measures used in UK organisations. Even where good evidence was available, it tended to be inconsistent andunreliable and there was an almost complete lack of evidence on theirpredictive power. This, said the team from the Institute for Employment Studies and BirkbeckCollege, London, was particularly worrying because this was the main purpose ofsuch measures. It warned that stress measures therefore may not be accurately measuring theaspects of the work environment that lead to ill-health. This meant that organisations could be focusing on changing aspects of theworkplace that were not necessarily harmful and failing accurately to diagnosereal stresses. More information was needed on the reliability and validity of existingstress measures, the study, A critical review of psychological hazard measures,concluded. www.hse.gov.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more