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Feeling ill? Your workplace could be making you sick

The alarm clock rings in the morning. You turn it off but really feel like throwing it against the wall and hiding under the sheets. You really, really don’t want to go to work today. You just don’t feel well or feel like yourself, at least.

Have you ever considered that your workplace could be making you sick?

Stress at work is at the root of a number of illnesses. The American Psychological Association (APA) does an annual report, called Stress in America, and 64 percent of those surveyed in 2018 said their job is the main cause of their stress.

Stress occurs at work when the resources for the job aren’t sufficient to meet the needs of the job. That could be in terms of hours – your boss gives you way more work that you can accomplish in 40 hours a week – or maybe staffing if you don’t have enough personnel to complete your assigned task.

But if you don’t get treatment for your stress, you could become both mentally and physically ill. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to tell your doctors and also fill them in about your work environment.

  • Lacking in motivation
  • Being exhausted
  • Declining job performance
  • Feeling negative emotions or feeling cynicism
  • Being preoccupied with work even when you’re off duty
  • Having problems with relationships
  • Feeling decreased satisfaction with your life and your job
  • Facing health problems recently diagnosed

What causes workplace stress?

  • Feeling of too much work for too little pay
  • Feeling unable to disconnect for the workplace, especially if you need to always be on call for your supervisors or those you supervise
  • Being unable to adjust your work schedule to attend to personal matters, such as your child’s school performance
  • Working in a hostile environment

If you’re feeling any of these symptoms, a counselor or doctor could be your first place to turn. If you are told by a health care professional that you need to take time off from work because of your stress, you are entitled to collect workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania. An attorney with experience in cases such as yours can advise you of your legal rights.

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