The most common health issues in the workplace

Some of the most common health issues in the workplace can be directly attributed to stress. Here are the health issues that you as an employer should be most aware of and try to prevent.

General job-related stress

The modern workplace can seem very demanding at times. There is always pressure to perform better and meet deadlines. The fear of missing out on an opportunity can lead employees and the companies they work for to expect too much. Short periods of stressful work are one thing, but when it begins to feel like every day is that way, then there is a problem.



The symptoms of depression can be far-reaching; however, common signs include sudden weight gain or loss, lack of concern about appearance and personal hygiene, talking about bleak topics, and isolating oneself from friends, family, and coworkers. Serious depression can lead to suicidal thoughts, poor job performance, and the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms. Methods of coping can range from something as simple as indulging in food too much to drinking to excess, smoking, and drug abuse.

Substance abuse

Many people work in jobs that can be highly stressful, and these same people have families and other obligations to worry about as well. Using substances to enhance mental outlook, job performance, etc., can lead employees down a path from which it is hard to turn back. The same substances that seem to be helping can quickly take over a life and create more problems than they were being used to solve in the first place. Substance abuse can be easily tested for, using an oral fluid lab test, urinalysis, or a hair sample. No matter which test you choose, it is quick and offers no pain or discomfort. Matrix Diagnostics offers a full range of testing solutions for employers.



Taking on too much in the workplace and at home can lead to a sense of constant fatigue. This can lead to accidents and mistakes that can be costly and even cause physical harm to the employee and those working around them. Fatigue can often be mistaken for substance abuse because being overly tired can be one of the many signs. It is just as likely that someone is simply tired from their daily obligations.

The rights of the employee and the employer

An employee is usually told about potential drug testing verbally and in their employee handbook. If an employee signs an agreement that they may be tested at any time, then they are subject to this. Refusal can give the employer the right to dismiss the employee. If a worker is being subjected to a test that was not part of their work contract, then they can refuse; however, this course of action will undoubtedly raise suspicion. Employers cannot test an employee without their express permission. If a sample of saliva, hair, or urine is used without permission, then it cannot be legally used against the employee.