Each and everyone of us has our own issues to deal with each day. Some people are better able to handle stress associated with day-to-day living than others. While it is not uncommon for people to be “stressed out” it is an unhealthy condition which can take a toll not only on our mental and emotional well being but our physical health as well. Unfortunately, when a person is unable to deal with stressful situations in a healthy manner, those who come in contact with that person may bear the brunt of a sometimes volatile situation.
As is often the case with an individual who is experiencing a high level of stress in their life, the ability to focus on tasks at hand and perform simple tasks becomes compromised. This can result in an unsafe work environment if an employee is so distracted by other issues that safety procedures are overlooked. The result may injury to themselves or others due to the lack of attention paid to the task at hand.
Of course, suffering from a workplace injury or worse, causing one because of stress will only add to the pressure felt by the individual. It is important for employers to recognize the role stress plays in the workplace. Individuals who are clearly dealing with stressful situations are easy to spot and would benefit greatly by having access to resources which will help reduce and better manage stress. It is impossible to resolve the problems of each and every worker, however it is advisable that all employers implement a program which provides help to stressed out workers. To prevent workplace accidents or in extreme cases, acts of violence, all workers should be given the opportunity to learn how to manage their feelings in a healthy manner.