Working in any industry, you can become accustomed to the risk of physical injury. After all, most also understand that their employer is responsible for injuries that occur due to work-related tasks. Did you know mental health conditions could qualify you for workers’ compensation?
In the U.S., about 65% of surveyed workers claim work to be a significant source of stress every year.
Types of stressors most likely to affect workers
While stress at work can be normal and healthy, if it crosses the line, it can have a detrimental impact on the workforce. About 80% of workers experience stress, and about 50% claim that work stress impacts their personal life. Some everyday stressors include:
- Working long or frequent shifts with few breaks
- Working in physically demanding conditions
- Dealing with technological difficulties
- Safety concerns at work or during a commute
Businesses should reduce employee stress as much as possible to reduce the risk of psychological harm.
Signs of work-related mental illness
Stress-related mental illness can take the form of depression and anxiety while exacerbating grief and fear. Mental illness can make you unable to be a productive workforce member. You may notice that your job performance begins to slip along with your productivity. It may become more challenging to stay engaged at work or to communicate with your employer or colleagues.
Mental health can also impact your physical health or ability to function daily. If you find it challenging to make it to work on time because of your mood or feelings, it could be due to work-related stress.