According to statistics published by the HSE, stress, depression and anxiety are the biggest contributing factors when it comes to working days lost through accidents at work. Over 11 million working days are lost each year to depression and anxiety. In order to effectively combat stress in the workplace, it’s important to know the contributing factors which can lead to anxiety and depression.
- Deadlines – Working towards a strict deadline can significantly raise stress levels in the office. It’s important to maintain a manageable workload in order to prevent deadlines causing anxiety or depression.
- Overtime – Many modern firms will expect their employees to work overtime at short notice. Working longer than 8 hours a day
- Redundancies – Perhaps there is no bigger contributor to anxiety and stress than worrying about your economic situation. If colleagues have been made redundant and you are worried about your job security, this could place you under significant stress.
- Bullying – Many of us are fortunate if we have pleasant and agreeable colleagues in the office but bullying is still a major concern for many employers. Bullying can manifest itself in a number of ways. If you feel you are being bullied by colleagues, then it is essential to report this to a member of management or HR as soon as possible.
- Failing to take regular breaks – It’s important to take some time away from your desk during your work day, this is especially true if you work with a computer. Sitting at a desk or computer for too long can increase stress levels and also increases the chances of developing a repetitive strain injury.
Are you suffering from stress in your workplace?
If you’ve suffered an illness as the result of anxiety or depression in the office, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation if it occurred within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including workplace health & safety.
If you’d like to find out more, talk to one of our friendly, professional advisors on 0800 689 0500. Our advisors will you give you obligation-free advice on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee** claim for compensation. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to appear in court.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice