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Tool that measures workplace stress

While there isn’t an easy cure to stress, it can now be measured by a first-of-its-kind device developed by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Science (NIMHANS) in India

Work stress is one of the principal reasons for reduced employee productivity. It has been associated with several health issues including anxiety, hypertension and  diabetes.

While there isn’t an easy cure to stress, it can now be measured by a first-of-its-kind device developed by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Science (NIMHANS) in India.

The tool called TAWS-16  assesses the stress level of employees by having them complete a 5-minute questionnaire asking them about their work-related issues such as deadlines, support from managers, multitasking, and a few others.

It has been efficient in measuring stresses related to work-life balance, organizational roles, work environment and support, and career development.

The instrument was tested on managerial–supervisory employees from the IT sector in Bengaluru city and found useful in gauging work stressors, coping abilities, and psycho-somatic symptoms associated with work stress.

This has made it potentially eligible to be integrated into Periodical Medical Examination (PME) of employees in India.

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