If you’ve worked at an understaffed company, you know how difficult and stressful it can be. But did you know that workers at understaffed businesses are more likely to fall victim to workplace injuries and illnesses?
Dangers of Understaffing
Among the many risk factors for workplace injuries, understaffing is perhaps the most often overlooked. Business demands do not decrease when staff is short, so employees must take on extra duties. In an understaffed work environment, workers may feel the need to cut corners or ignore safety guidelines. For example, a retail worker in an understaffed store may lift a heavy box by himself instead of asking for help, or a nurse in an understaffed hospital may ignore a spill in order to check on more patients.
Industries Most at Risk
Workers in health care industries are particularly vulnerable to workplace injuries due to understaffing....