How Does Understaffing Cause Harm in the Workplace?
By Darwin F. Johnson on September 1st, 2017 in Ergonomics, injury prevention, work injuries, work injury, Workers Compensation, workplace injuries, workplace injury
From fast food restaurants to hospitals, and grocery stores to law offices, there’s one issue that most of us have dealt with at one time or another: understaffing. Not having enough employees on duty is a problem that plagues every industry in America, and it can be more than just annoying; it can cause a serious risk to the health of the employees.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job due to understaffing, contact a workman’s comp lawyer in Atlanta to discuss your options. Check out the infographic below for an overview of some of the most common ways that understaffing can harm your health, and then continue reading as we discuss each point.
- More errors equal more stress. One of the most common issues that arises as a result of understaffing is that more errors are made. This effect is simply a result of logistics- because there are fewer employees on the job, more work is assigned to each employee, and they may feel pressured or rushed. Stress has been linked to a number of conditions and illnesses, ranging from cancer to heart disease Workplace understaffing contributes to instances of illness in which stress is a contributing factor.
- Rushing causes lapses in safety. When a business is understaffed, there is a great amount of pressure put on employees to get work finished quickly, favoring quantity over quality. This may cause employees to lapse in their judgment in regards to safety issues, leading to more injuries on the job. The most common injuries related to understaffing are slip and fall accidents, as employees rush to complete their work. If you or someone you know has been injured because of a safety lapse, our workers’ comp lawyers in Atlanta can help you determine what to do.
- Staff resentment is common. Businesses that refuse to fully staff will quickly and frequently face resentment from their employees. Most employees are willing to pitch in an emergency, but if there’s an “emergency” every week, don’t be surprised when your employees start to turn in their two weeks’ notices.
If you have suffered harm at your workplace, be sure to reach out to our lawyers at the Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson to receive the compensation you deserve.