Work-related mental injuries; Australia's second most common cause of workers compensation claims
Work-related stress is recognised globally as a major challenge for workplaces because it can lead to mental injuries.
Work related mental injuries are the second most common cause of workers compensation claims in Australia.
They account for more than 10% of claims in Victoria which is approximately 1,300 claims per year.
Signs of work-related stress could be if a worker is feeling stressed, anxious, or staying awake at night thinking about work.
These feelings can be caused by things such as, high job demand or disrespect in the workplace.
Ways to prevent work-related stress include:
Seeking expert support - Employers and managers should seek support from independent contractors and health and safety representatives (HSRs) to identify and manage risks.
They have first-hand experience identifying tasks, systems and processes that could cause or contribute to work-related stress.
Genuine communication and checking-in on employees and co-workers.
This helps to:
- ensure employees feel valued and supported
- create a positive and less stressful work environment/culture
- encourage employees to support implemented safety solutions.
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