Workplace stress is a serious global problem that results in anxiety, exhaustion, cardiovascular disease and (in cases stemming from co-worker conflict) workplace violence. It’s a problem that has increased in recent years with increased competition, higher expectations, longer hours and the effects of the recession, including layoffs, unemployment and fewer job opportunities.
That’s why it is the focus of this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, recognized on April 28th. The International Labor Organization released a report on the issue, detailing its commonality and effects.
As our Winston-Salem workers’ compensation lawyers know, employees can be compensated for work-related stress when it causes them to either suffer physical injury or when it prohibits them from being able to work or do the work they once did. A good example of this is an employee diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a store robbery and is unable to return to his or her previous position. Continue reading