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The importance of recognizing how stress can affect your workforce

As an employer, you are undoubtedly familiar with the many different types of work injuries that can decimate your workforce. For example, if your operations require pulling items on or off shelves, chances are you know that your employees are at a greater risk of suffering back sprains or shoulder injuries. Similarly, if your operations require significant data entry, chances are you know that your employees are at risk of suffering carpal tunnel syndrome.

Employers with this level of awareness can take steps to protect their employees -- ergonomics programs, safety equipment, training, etc. -- and help ensure their operations continue running smoothly.

However, it's also important for employers to understand that their employees are susceptible to other less obvious work injuries, meaning those that aren't necessarily physical.

For example, studies have shown time and time again that excessive stress caused by onerous work conditions can rapidly lead to decreased productivity as employees are more likely to call in sick, burn out or even suffer serious medical issues.

If you are having a hard time appreciating the correlation between stress and employment, consider a recently compiled list by the website CareerCast ranking the most 10 most stressful jobs of 2013.

Here, the website compiled a list of 11 different job demands it felt were likely to cause stress and applied them to at least 200 occupations, awarding points for each factor. These demands included everything from travel and growth potential to fatality risk and competitiveness.

What jobs very determined to be the most stressful?

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Military general
  3. Firefighter
  4. Airline pilot
  5. Public relations executive
  6. Senior corporate executive
  7. Photojournalist
  8. Newspaper reporter
  9. Taxi driver
  10. Police officer

Do you feel that stress has affected your workforce? If so, how?  

Stay tuned for important stories and updates from our workers' compensation defense law firm ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Forbes, "The most stressful jobs of 2013," Susan Adams, Jan. 3, 2013

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