Posts Tagged ‘workers comp’
Friday, March 7th, 2014
By Caitlin Bronson
March 5, 2014
Insurance Business America
Workplace mistreatment and office bullying contributes to employer losses of more than $4bn in annual absences, including in workers’ comp and disability insurance, a new study suggests.
According to researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, bullying accounted for 5.5% of sickness absenteeism in 2010. That translates to higher workers’ comp costs in an environment already wary of additional risk.
Researchers noted that workplace bullying, which could include insults, intimidation, withholding information or gossiping, often causes anxiety, stress, depressive symptoms and even post-traumatic stress disorder in affected workers.
“Furthermore, as exposure to bullying increases, the risk of depressive symptoms also increases,” the study found. “Besides targets of workplace bullying, employees who observed workplace bullying have also reported stress and anxiety.”
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Year-end holiday season is a risky time for bullied targets. Terminations are common. But highly stressed workers asking their employers for solutions (e.g., get me to safety) are also exploited. Employers, through HR reps, give bad advice. Employers tell bullied employees to do one of two things: (1) file a workers compensation claim, or (2) take FMLA leave time.
Both options favor the employer and not bullied targets. There is an alternative.