The effects of work stress The effects of work stress

Anxiety, depression or burnout syndrome are some of the conditions that can trigger work-related stress.

In terms of occupational diseases, stress is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the main cause of work absence and decreased productivity in the world, In Colombia, mental health-related illnesses are second to its primary cause of work absences and decreased productivity: musculoskeletal conditions related to ergonomic issues.

The modern work lifestyle is triggering this burnout, leading to a series of illnesses and conditions that affect the quality of employees’ lives as well as company productivity. This seems to be a rising trend in the world, as long workdays blur the limits between professional and work life, and the emotional pressures and demands of certain careers are constantly rising.

New forms of employment have also played a major role in this, as they set work schedules that constrict people’s time, are not consistent and offer less-than-desirable work environments.

The recommendation is for employees to learn to differentiate the boundaries between their work and personal lives and to find methods that help them manage stress. Preventing this condition can help prevent more complex mental illnesses from developing, such as depression, and other related conditions such as cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

Keep in mind

In Colombia, according to the Second National Survey of Health and Work Conditions of the General System of Occupational Risks in Colombia, between 2009 and 2012, the occurrence of reported events related to mental disorders, mainly depression and anxiety, increased by 43%.