Psychological injuries can be long lasting and costly, often requiring more time off work than physical injuries. Mental health can be affected by a range of factors, so it is important to adequately manage mental health risks in your workplace.
Every year 7,200 compensation claims are made for work-related psychological injuries, Resulting in payouts of over $500 million
While work-related mental health injuries mare most common in occupations that are exposed to violent or traumatic situations, such as police, fire fighters or the defence force, over 90% of mental health claims were caused by work-related stress, which can occur in any occupation
The world health report showed: “more working days are lost as a result of mental disorders than physical conditions” – psychological injuries are often more expensive and require more time off work
in 2010-2015 typical mental health claims cost $15,000 more than the average for all injuries
Animation And required almost 10 weeks more time off
Additionally, a poor state of mental health can impact a person’s physical health, with depressed workers taking 20 times more time off work than average
Mental health can be adversely affected by a range of factors, including:
- Job pressures
- Exposure to violent or traumatic events
- Workplace relationships, such as bullying or harassment
- Or even environmental factors, such as noise levels or lighting
To address the various factors influencing mental health, there are a few things that any organisation can do:
Organisations need to look after the health of their workers inside and out.
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