Workers' Compensation claims have been increasing for mental stress claims as technology evolves and more workers are feeling more isolated and estranged from their co-workers by technology. Mental disability attributed to psychological stressors have for decades been recognized as a compensable event in workers' compensation. Stress claims are on the upswing as employees work alone and the declining economy forced limitations on employer generated social activity.
Click here to read Building a Bridge to a Lonely Colleague(nytimes.com)
"...sometimes loneliness can be built into the fabric of an organization. An atmosphere of distrust, suspicion and fear can cause workers to feel estranged from one another...."