will soon be able to measure which of their staff are most prone to stress.
at Oxford University have developed a simple test, with a drop of blood being
added to a chemical.
chemical causes the white blood cells to react to a perceived danger – the
weaker the response, the more stress the subject is under.
Professor David Macdonald said: "It makes the white blood cells react as
if they had been challenged by bacteria. If they have been challenged in the
immediate past, they are less likely to mount a coping response."
the test could help stressed staff get treatment, critics say it could be used
to discriminate against employees or help life insurance companies to isolate
is the most common cause of absenteeism in the UK, with 270,000 people off sick
every day as a result.