Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Link Between Stress and Workplace Injuries

Stress is an unavoidable emotion that finds its way into all facets of life, and the workplace is no exception. Stress is commonly associated with headaches and upset stomachs, but it can also lead to more serious problems for both employees and employers.
Working under intense stress caused by personal life, family or work related issues can cause people to be distracted from their responsibilities. If high levels of stress are not addressed, they can lead to safety hazards in the workplace. Over-stressed employees can place themselves, coworkers, customers and the organization at extreme risk. Unhealthy levels of stress can:
  • affect productivity;
  • cause coworker conflicts;
  • increase tension in the workplace; and
  • sometimes lead to violence.
A workplace with an otherwise strong foundation can be weakened by stress. When stress is at the forefront of an employee’s mind, judgment can be impaired, safety procedures and policies are more likely ignored, attention to detail is compromised and reaction time is slower. All of these add up to increased workplace accidents and injuries.
Employee Assistance Programs
Since stress is unavoidable, what can be done to decrease the risks involved with it? Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are an ideal solution that provide confidential and free or low-cost counseling services. EAP counselors work with employees to address the issues that may be causing distractions and inattention to job function requirements.
An active, visible EAP can actually help a company reduce the risks of workplace injuries, accidents, liability and costs related to the inappropriate use of medical resources. If your business already subscribes to an EAP, then don’t forget to inform new and existing employees about the services available on a regular basis. If subscribing to an EAP is not an option for your business, it is a good idea to keep a list of local free or low cost resources employees may find helpful in a time of need. Taking a new approach to stress management can benefit both the employer and employees. 
Read more at worksafecenter website.

1 comment:

  1. As a member of the working force, you possess specific statutory rights specifically designed to protect injured employees in the event that you are injured while performing in the course and scope of your employment. Workers' compensation provides limited insurance coverage for injured employees for lost of wages, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and retraining, if necessary.
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