Work Related Stress: How Lawyers Can Help You Combat a Real Issue

by Beecham Peacock Solicitors on February 6, 2019

Work related stress is an issue that can often be brushed under the rug or ignored. Unfortunately this can exacerbate the issue, as stress can continue to build until it eventually leads to severe mental illness. Also, emotional issues can often begin to manifest physically, and cause physical injury or illness. These situations are better off handles as soon as possible to avoid further damage done. Beecham and Peacock can offer you help with your work related stress, and advice on how to move forward with the situation.

What is work related stress?

Work related stress is feelings of anxiety or tension that arise from an uncomfortable or distressing work place environment. This stress can result from feeling like you are being over worked or too much is being asked from you in your role, or from another member of staff making your day to day life in the office unpleasant by bullying or harassing you. As well as making their working life unpleasant, work related stress can eventually take over a person’s home life as well, as they spend all of their time outside of work worrying about going back.

Why don’t people take work related stress seriously?

It can be easy for people who have never experienced it to brush off the notion of work place bullying, as they believe it’s only an issue for children on the playground. However, as Beecham and Peacock deal with cases such as this every day, they can tell you the issue is real and incredibly stressful. Indeed, the Health & Safety Executive notes that over 11 million days are lost at work a year because of stress at work.

Adults can be bullies too and this trait can often manifest in workplace environments, whether it’s a superior behaving poorly towards a junior, or fellow colleagues in a team conspiring against another colleague. Often work related stress can only be made worse by making the victim feel as though they are imagining the bullying, or that they simply need to ‘toughen up’.

By trying to diminish the victim’s feelings, the perpetrator is only furthering the problematic behaviour, and the victim feels less and less like doing something to make a change.

Why should you deal with it now?

An uncomfortable or hostile work environment is troubling at the best of time, but it can be especially hard to deal with in the Winter months. This is because often in Winter, a lot of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and similar mental and emotional issues. If mental and emotional stability is already at a low for a lot of people, a severe stressor at work can make this worse. While it can be hard in the Winter months to be motivated to make a change, a new year is the perfect time to take the next step in battling your work place stressors. It’s important to start off a new year with a healthy state of mind, and a comfortable and pleasant office environment can benefit you massively.

Why should you speak to a solicitor?

So, what can you do if this scenario is happening to you? If all of this sounds familiar, then it’s possible you’re experiencing work place bullying or work related stress. A lot of people feel such anxiety at the thought of returning to their place of work every day, they opt just to leave. This can often seem like the easy option, to avoid confrontation and remove yourself from the situation. However, this is not always the best course of action, not to mention that it is unfair and unjust to the victim. Also, if the reason for leaving is work place bullying, the perpetrator is never brought to justice, and will continue his or her behaviour with another member of staff, even the victim’s replacement.

What can Beecham and Peacock do to help?

Beecham and Peacock here to offer an alternative to handing in your notice at your place of work. It is usually encouraged for the victim to speak to another member of staff or a line manager. It can be daunting to take these issues to your fellow colleagues and superiors, especially if you are the only one experiencing it. Beecham and Peacock can provide a no obligation confidential meeting with one of our expert team, to hear about your situation and run through the choices of action you have. The expert personal injury team are very experienced in these situations and can handle them with tact and discretion. It’s understandable that this can be an upsetting or sensitive issue so they can help you discuss it in a friendly environment with no sense of intimidation.

Can you make a personal injury claim?

One of the choices that Beecham and Peacock may offer, depending on your situation, is to make a claim for compensation. Money can’t help with the emotional stress of a tense work place, but it can help cover any costs induced. It’s possible the victim may have taken time off work to avoid stress and anxiety but has not been paid for those days not in work. A victim shouldn’t have to lose out on money because of a situation they feel they can not control.

What’s the next step?

Take the initiative to speak to someone at Beecham and Peacock who can help you get the treatment and possibly compensation you deserve. Work place stress is a very real issue and victims shouldn’t feel like they have to suffer in silence. Head to Beecham and Peacock’s website for more information on their services. They also have an online enquiry system which allows you to submit a few details about your situation and someone from their friendly and professional team will get back to you with the appropriate response.

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If you have suffered any type of personal injury at work including work related stress, or have contracted an occupational disease such as Mesothelioma or Dermatitis, Beecham Peacock’s team of personal injury claims experts can help.
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