Work-related stress is a very real thing. It can be caused by a number of factors. Around half of Australian workers reported experiencing at least one serious incident of conflict at work, a situation that can lead to elevated stress.
35% of workers believe that poor leadership is the most stressful part of employment. Technology-related stress is also a major factor with 54% of millennials feeling its impact followed by 47% of Generation X workers and 37% of Baby Boomers. Around 44% of Australian workers said they felt high stress levels on the job sometimes. 29% reported feeling high levels often or always.
The Effects of Work-Related Stress
High levels of stress can have a negative impact on a person’s mental and physical states. During a stressful situation, blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate increase. Psychological effects can include anger, anxiety, or depression. A worker may also experience aches and pains, insomnia, and headaches. Serious cases with long term effects can lead to substance abuse and chronic depression.
Employers are responsible for maintaining a healthy, safe work environment. That should include a place that is free of unnecessarily high levels of stress.
Can I Claim Compensation for Stress at Work?
Yes, you can claim compensation for stress at work through a WorkCover claim. The amount of compensation you receive will vary based on the situation.
No employee should have to struggle financially with the effects of stress caused by their job. Contact us to learn more about your options for compensation.