January 05, 2017

Watch Out for Stressed Out Workers

Patient Management
, Claims Management
, Cost Containment

A recent article in Risk and Insurance magazine highlights a new study examining the link between employee stress levels and workers’ compensation claims.

The report, conducted by the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, found that stress in the workplace increases the likelihood of employees getting injured, and the source of stress influences claims costs.

The article states that while stress is not covered under the vast majority of workers’ compensation policies, it can manifest itself into a workers’ compensation claim.

Karen Curran, director of worksite wellness for Pinnacol Assurance, told Risk and Insurance, “There are a number of health risk factors that are predictive of frequency and severity of industrial injuries, but when that data is modified to take into account demographics and work environments, stress keeps rising to the top.”

Over the past decade, there has been an increasing focus on promoting wellness programs within the workplace. The article suggests that stress management should be implemented into safety programs to prevent increasing claims costs. With employers paying $250 billion in annual workers’ compensation claims costs, it might be time to start stressing stress management.

To read the report in its entirety, click here.