Indiscriminately taking tasks away from workers struggling with stress can make their conditions worse, according to a clinical psychologist who warns that misconceptions around employee burnout can have dire consequences.
The Federal Court has confirmed that a heated handover meeting unreasonably contributed to a worker's psych injury, but agreed that a tribunal focused too heavily on the operational purpose of the meeting.
Workers in pain can go down one of two paths, and employers need to "control the context" around the pain early after an injury to ensure it doesn't lead to unnecessary treatments and surgeries and long-term workers' comp claims, a workplace physiotherapist says.
Employers can use screening tools to detect employees at risk of long-term sick leave and quickly return them to work, an analysis of questionnaires for workers and occupational physicians has suggested.
The costly rise in secondary mental injury claims is one of many indicators that employers need to do more to improve how they deal with mental health and stigma at work, a major workers' comp insurer says.
One in five Australian workers suffer from financial stress and they're more likely to engage in presenteeism and take sick leave, but employers can take simple steps to help workers become "financially well", an AMP director says.