According to a new study from the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, reducing employee stress levels could help organizations reduce workers’ compensation claims.
By examining claims occurrence and cost from nearly 17,000 employees at 314 organizations of numerous magnitudes across various industries; the study found that stress at work increased the chances of workers getting injured, while the source of stress was found to influence claims cost.
“Stress at work is predictive of workplace accidents — if you want to prevent workers’ comp claims, you need to look at causes of stress in the work environment,” said ColoradoSPH instructor and researcher Dr. Natalie Schwatka, lead author of the report, entitled “Health Risk Factors as Predictors of Workers’ Compensation Claim Occurrence and Cost.”
“Our findings strengthen the argument that businesses should address stress management as part of their safety programs and also focus on the systemic factors in their business that may cause stress, such as poor leadership, poor social support, lack of control over work demands and lack of work/life balance,” said Dr. Schwatka.
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