Americans generally work more hours and harder than workers in other advanced economies. While this work ethic provides substantial rewards, it also can lead to decreased physical and mental health. Because employers gain tremendous benefits from hard working individuals, the law generally recognizes that employers are responsible for the safety of their employees while they are at work.
Work related stress is the adverse emotional and physical responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the resources, needs, or capabilities of a worker. Stress can lead to poor health and injury. Often, job stress results from the interaction of a worker and the conditions and characteristics of work. For example, excessive workload demands, conflicting expectations, infrequent breaks, hectic office environment, poor social environment, and repetitive and routine tasks that do not utilize a worker’s skills can all lead to job stress. Harassment and discrimination can also lead to job stress.
Studies have shown that work related stress can lead to health problems including:
- Cardiovascular disease/heart attacks/strokes
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Psychological disorders
- Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
Some people believe that a stressful working environment is necessary for an employer to remain productive and profitable. However, research shows that stressful working conditions are associated with increased absenteeism, tardiness, and resignation. Workers should not be expected to sacrifice their health without safeguards and protections. If you suffer from work related stress, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation.
If you believe you sustained a work injury caused by work stress, call us for a free consultation (818) 841-1994.