Times are Changing: Emotional Trauma at Work


Finding a job is vain of our existence. As children we see our parents go to and from work all the while complaining about being there yet they go back every time. Rarely do you hear about parents who loved their jobs or sang praises about their jobs? Finding a job you love and are happy with is real and it is out there. But more often than not before we find that dream job, we usually get stuck at some really crappy ones.

There are lots of things you don’t learn in high school or in college, one such issue is dealing with relationship and communication problems in the workplace. These are what we consider social skills or “soft skills”. They are not nearly as valued as “hard skills” like engineering or coding. The difference between the two is that soft skills are typically learning how to deal with different people and adjust to different human circumstances, which can lead to lots of ambiguity and grey areas. Hard skills are more about concrete ideas and concepts, rights and wrongs. So why is this important?

This is important because the workplace is changing. With the emergence of technology, our workspace has moved from the building we used to drive to and from vibrating in our pockets due to emails, instant messaging, or calendar notifications. We are pressured more than ever to get things done faster because the world, in a sense, has gotten faster. But is this healthy? This where we want you to pause and reflect.

Stress-related work issues

If you found this blog then you know that something isn’t quite right. Since 1972, the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach have dealt with workers compensation cases. We have seen, first hand, the change in work-related injuries over the decades. We want you to know that workers compensation is not just for physical injuries, but for stress-related injuries that may or may not cause severe physical injuries. Many employees think that workers compensation only applies to a physical injury like breaking a bone, but mental exhaustion caused by stress at work can be justly compensated as well.

What causes stress at work?

  • Here are some examples of how stress can build up at work:
  • Work overload and pressure
  • Effects of working long hours on personal life
  • Lack of control at work
  • Lack of decision making at work; lack of autonomy
  • Poor support
  • Unclear work role or very poor management style

These kinds of stressors can manifest physically in many different ways. It can increase anxiety and heighten depression. Feeling pressured to work long hours or lacking control at work, for long durations, can devastating effects like heart conditions, aggravated diabetes, hypertension, as well as other ailments. If you are reading then this may be your situation. Let our Los Angeles stress-related injury lawyers help you. Give us a call at 818-609-7005 or click here for more information on how we can get you back on track to a healthy life.

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