“Companies are facing an employee burnout crisis” the headline reads in this CNBC report. A Gallup study found that 23 percent of workers reported feeling burned out at work very often or always. They go on to say that job burnout costs an estimated $125 to $190 billion in healthcare spending each year. It also contributes and to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, and even death.
Our jobs are literally killing us, both mentally and physically and that is not a good thing. One reason they cite is that we really never escape work. Technology has allowed instantaneous connection with our coworkers and bosses, even after the workday is over.
When we talk about physical stress injuries in the workplace, we often think of repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This is common amongst employees who use computers for hours each day. Other injuries are often caused by repetitive motions. Think about someone who stocks shelves and how they are constantly bending, standing up, and stretching to reach shelves all day long, often with heavy items. Warehouse employees and shelf stockers often suffer from chronic pain from back injuries.
Any time someone performs the same motions over and over again while stressing their bones and muscles is susceptible to a repetitive motion injury and this can have severe long-term consequences. Not only can it affect their ability to work, but also their ability to live normal lives. Unfortunately, sometimes workers’ compensation claims for these types of injuries are hard to prove, as they are often mistaken as regular pain not caused by work.
While most of us experience stress at work sometimes, long-term stress can devastate our mental well-being. Some jobs are so high pressure that people get depressed, develop anxiety disorders, and even become suicidal.
If we look at a list of the 10 most stressful jobs, we see things we would typically think of: surgeon, police officer, teacher, social worker, etc. But we also want to point out that any job can create a working environment that is highly stressful and unhealthy for employees. The workplace culture has a lot to do with our mental health.
Work-related mental stress can be debilitating and can keep you from performing your job. While workers’ compensation does cover mental health claims, it could be difficult to prove it was caused by working conditions.
You may need a workplace accident attorney in Los Angeles. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys understand that work related injuries take many forms, both physical and mental. They are created by a number of things, from dangerous work environments to being in situations where you are faced with emotionally stressful problems. Workers’ compensation may not cover all of your needs and your livelihood may be in jeopardy. We want to help you get your life back to normal. For a free consultation, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.