Stress is an inevitable factor of today’s working environment. In ever competitive markets, firms are continually looking into ways of streamlining their processes, with staffing issues often top of the agenda when it come to making cuts. Increasingly tight restrictions on employee rights, such as short-term contracts, have led to many workers having constant worries about their long-term employment prospects. All this has seen a rise in stress-related ill health at work. There are many reasons why workers now feel under more pressure than perhaps any previous time. As well as stressing about job security, issues such as increasing workloads or bullying are other common factors.
A common gripe amongst workers who have gone through stress issues is the lack of support. It can be very difficult for employees to own up to feelings of stress and anxiety, let alone any deeper sense of depression, for fear of being seen as weak. If they are unduly worrying about something at home, such as a relative’s illness, or a family bereavement, there is often a tendency to keep these worries masked. A common symptom of stress or any other form of mental ill health is denial, making it doubly hard for cases to be identified, let alone treated.
What support networks are available?
Employers, supervisors and colleagues should all be familiar with evidence of stress-related ill health at work. We are no longer living in the dark ages when mental health was stigmatised. People should not be made to feel uncomfortable for admitting to feelings of being stressed out or suffering from nervous exhaustion. They should be treated sympathetically. If employees are singled out because they are suffering from stress, then this is a form of discrimination, and this can then become a legal issue.
Can you seek no-obligation advice if you have been unfairly treated?
Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with work-related compensation issues for many years. In that time we have built a formidable reputation for championing our clients’ cases, and these will always be pursued on a no win, no fee* basis. If your medical condition has not been dealt with, then we can put you in touch with professional compensation claims lawyers who will investigate your circumstances. Don’t delay, call Accident Advice Helpline now, on 0800 689 0500 – the first step towards putting your mind at rest.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown