Did you know that stress and a hostile work environment can lead to physical and mental health problems?

The WHO estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the world economy a trillion dollars each year in lost productivity. These symptoms are usually caused by a demanding work environment. Regarding stress, the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines job stress as harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when job requirements do not match the worker’s capabilities, resources, or needs. Job stress can, in turn, lead to health problems and even injury.

Signs or symptoms of work-related stress can be physical, psychological, and behavioral. We share a list of the most common symptoms:

Physical symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Irregular heart palpitations
  • Difficulties sleeping, such as insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Dermatological disorders

Psychological symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Discouragement
  • Irritability
  • Pessimism
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Lack of concentration

Behavioral symptoms:

  • An increase in sick days or absenteeism
  • Aggression
  • Decreased creativity and initiative
  • A drop in job performance
  • Problems with interpersonal relationships
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Lower tolerance for frustration and impatience
  • Disinterest
  • Isolation

What to do if you feel that you are suffering from any of these symptoms and that it may be a product of work?

# 1 Seek the evaluation of a doctor or psychologist according to your needs.

# 2 Inform the HR team about the situation.

# 3 Contact an attorney if you are under a lot of stress and feel that your health has been affected.

 With the help of legal representation, you will be able to make a claim for compensation for the damages received according to your work. If you are an employer, remember, workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and benefit from associated financial benefits.