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Long Hours Linked To Health Problems And Lower Productivity

Providing employees a chance to work in teams, and socialize during breaks actually increases productivity.

Today’s post comes from guest author Deborah Kohl from Deborah G. Kohl Law Offices.

In Wisconsin, mental disability claims have to meet a higher standard–an extraordinary stress test. Thus, these claims are more difficult to pursue in Wisconsin, but the suggestions about a better workplace are beneficial.

Today, we have a guest post from our colleague Deborah Kohl of Massachusetts. Many people are surprised to learn that mental disability claims due to workplace stress are compensable by workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, claims like these are on the rise as people work longer hours and feel the pressure of an increasingly competitive working environment. Recent studies on mental health and the workplace have led researchers to discover that, over time, conditions such as extended working hours and long periods of solitary workcan lead to decreased productivity, anxiety, and even major depression.

Employers can create conditions that are more supportive of mental health by taking simple steps like allowing workers to take breaks where socializing is permitted.

While it may seem initially counter-intuitive, studies show that in the long run, policies like these can lead to a more productive workplace. Here are a few tips workers can use to stay mentally healthy at work:

  • Form friendships in the workplace. A positive relationship with even a single colleague can make a big difference in combating loneliness and depression. A friend at your office could provide an ear when you really need to release some steam or just take a mental break from an intense task.
  • That said, make a distinction between work and leisure, and make time for social activities outside the workplace. Continue reading

Workplace Stress Can Make You Sick

Today’s article is a guest post by our colleague Jon Rehm of Nebraska.

In this economy where hirings are seldom and lay-offs are frequent, the American workplace is becoming a tough territory to navigate. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention research says that Americans now work more hours than both Japanese and Western European workers.

And this is a serious concern, because workplace stress has been established to have a clear and direct link to negative health consequences.

A recent European study showed that people who work long hours(11+) are more than twice as likely to experience major depression than those who work 7-8 hours a day. In a different study, scientists discovered that the risk of heart diseases among stressed workers are 67% greater.  Meanwhile, Continue reading