A depressed, anxious or otherwise struggling employee can be tricky for an employer or manager to deal with. On the one hand, the ultimate goal of the business is to turn a profit, and any conflict amongst employees, or loss of revenue caused by a slower work rate can have quite an effect on this. On the other hand, this is a human being who’s going through a tough time and deserves a little compassion. While many employers are now recognizing the importance of being compassionate towards their team, both in terms of their own human decency, and the benefits to their business, there is a regrettable proportion who still see their workforce as nothing more than a resource to be used.
Not all workplace injuries involve broken bones or physical pain. However, the emotional pain caused by anxiety, depression, and stress can be equally debilitating. Employers who view their staff as just numbers on a timesheet or cogs in the wheel of their business can do quite a lot of damage to those people’s wellbeing. If you’re being pushed and pushed at work to perform better and better to the detriment of your own health and wellbeing, sometime really isn’t right.
Did you know that over half of those who change jobs do it because they didn’t like their former employer? When you’re consistently worked to the bone with little in the way of thanks, it can grind you down, make you feel underappreciated, and contribute to stress and stress-related injuries. Stress is more than just feeling as though you’ve been working too hard recently, or a little wound up about a particularly busy day. It can do real damage to your health.
If you’ve been in your job for a while, the stress may have built up gradually, without you even noticing it was happening until you felt like you were burning out. However, if you’re starting a new job, keep an eye out for signs of excessive stress and a less-than-compassionate employer. An expectation to work after hours regularly, coworkers who often seem on edge and under immense pressure, and a boss who seems oddly keen to act like your new best friend can all be indicators of an unhealthy workplace.
When workplace stress starts to impact on your health, your family and other aspects of your life, it’s time to do something about it. You deserve a safe, rewarding workplace and the mental wellbeing to enjoy the people, hobbies and things you love. An experienced stress-related injuries attorney in Los Angeles or further afield, can help you to ease your suffering and win compensation for your stress-related injuries.
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