Stress and Your Job

The majority of workers in Michigan experience some type of stress in their jobs, which is normal. However, certain occupations have been found to be very stressful and, over time, this can lead to health problems, decreased productivity and other issues. When chronic stress is found to be directly caused by the job itself, the worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

According to Forbes, the most stressful job is enlisted military personnel. Other highly stressful occupations include:

  • Firefighter
  • Airline pilot
  • Police officer
  • Event coordinator
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Senior corporate executive
  • Public relations executive
  • Taxi driver
  • Broadcaster 

Stress scores take into account factors such as public scrutiny, danger, deadlines, competition and physical demands. Workers in these professions, as well as in others in which stress is an issue, may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim if they are experiencing even higher levels than what is considered normal.

According to FindLaw, a workers’ compensation claim for stress is much harder to prove than for physical injuries. The worker may have to demonstrate he or she is more stressed than others who work in the same role. However, typically the employee does not have to prove the job is the only source of stress. Unlike other on-the-job injury claims, the employee is required to have worked for the employer for a certain amount of time before a stress claim can be made.

A claim can usually not be made if the stress stems from the loss of a promotion or due to criticism. Qualifying job-related factors include a hostile work environment or supervisors that are emotionally or mentally abusive.