Reducing Job Related Stress

Workers' compensation benefits are in place to protect the worker in case he or she is injured on the job. But the line can be blurred at times when it comes to what injuries are covered. For example, in the case of job stress, a claim could be denied. Therefore, here are a few suggestions to help reduce work related stress.

According to the Better Health Channel, work related stress could manifest physically, psychologically and behaviorally. A worker could experience fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and irritability. These symptoms can be the results of the pressure of doing the job or the fear of losing the job. The causes of work related stress according to the Better Health Channel could be due to the work culture. Workers are expected to put in longer work days, meet tight deadlines, and to deal with over supervision.

Ways to Reduce Job Stress

  • Think about better ways to perform your job to reduce stress. Prioritize tasks by making a list. Work on the most difficult task first thing in the morning when you arrive to work. Perhaps you may need to ask for more help.
  • Talk over your concerns with your superior. If your immediate supervisor is adding to your stress levels, seek help from a member of human resources.
  • Take time for yourself to practice healthy eating and exercise. Step away from the office during breaks and leave work at the office when you leave for the day. Your time should be reserved for you.
  • Avoid substances that cause more stress such as alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.

If job stress or injury occurs despite your efforts, it may be time to seek advice. Contact an experienced Illinois Workers' Compensation attorney who has your best interest at heart.

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