Stress is a natural response when faced with very challenging situations. Stress usually happens in the workplace not only with the overwhelming workload, meeting tight deadlines, but sometimes dealing with your lazy co-worker or with your demanding boss.
If that extreme stress in the workplace continues to increase and lasts a long time, then it becomes a serious threat to your health. It can hurt your health to the point of suffering from physical or emotional ailments like depression and anxiety.
There are many ways on how to deal with workplace stress:
1. If your co-worker or your boss is contributing to your stress level, discuss the issue with them.
2. Inform your HR department as soon as possible; they will offer you some solutions on how to reduce stress.
3. If the above didn’t work, seek for legal counsel to ensure you have the correct legal representation to assist you.
Generally, if the stress is due to ordinary workplace incidents such as a demanding supervisor, long hours, or difficult co-workers, stress claims fall under the workers’ compensation. If, however, stress is due to unlawful harassment or discrimination, you may have a claim under state or federal law, such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. An experienced attorney can help you evaluate your situation and determine the proper steps to address it. Contact Hogan Injury for expert legal advice.