Stress has been identified as one of the UK’s most widespread reasons for employees seeking medical advice. Being signed off work due to stress used to be less prevalent because psychiatric health issues have historically been linked to issues of stigmatisation. However, in more enlightened times, workers are readily accepting that there is nothing to be ashamed about in admitting stress or other mental health issues. On the part of employers, health and safety legislation has set in stone the notion that stress must be addressed just as emphatically as any physical condition.
One problem with stress is the fact that it is something that can be bottled up, growing steadily worse the longer it remains untreated. There may been any number of reasons that have provoked feelings of anxiety – bereavement, excessive workloads, bullying by colleagues or superiors, physical ill-health, financial worries – but if stress is not addressed, then it can lead to much deeper situations, such as depression. It is important that workers are never felt intimidated, and that they feel that there are services they can turn to whenever they are feeling the pressures of their job.
What are the effects of being off work due to stress?
Stress can be intensely debilitating. If an employee is going through these issues, they may not be able to perform their allotted tasks as professionally as if they were feeling healthy. In certain workplaces this could lead to loss of concentration, then physical injury. Anxieties can also be an indication that the workload being dumped on members of staff could be better managed in order to alleviate stressful feelings spreading to colleagues. While stress is, by its very nature, a solitary affliction, there can be a considerable knock-on affect, as co-workers begin to question their own situations.
How can a professional compensation claims solicitor help?
Accident Advice Helpline has been operating in the insurance industry for many years. If your own situation is something that has been ongoing within the past three years, and you strongly believe that negligence lies elsewhere, we may be able to provide you with suitable advice as to whether or not you may be eligible for a claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline today, on 0800 689 0500, in order for your incident to be studied by an experienced compensation claims lawyer. They will offer no-obligation advice, with often no need for a court appearance.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown