Employers must address work stress as of October: NOM


Work stress is a silent monster that can affect physically and / or mentally if it accumulates.

Therefore starting next October, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mexico will have to pay close attention to the subject; this because of the approval of the Official Mexican Standard (NOM) 035, which indicates that employers have the obligation to perform medical examinations and psychological evaluations to employees when any sign or symptom of alteration to their health is detected.

During this year, companies must identify risk factors so that by the end of 2020, when the Ministry of Labor and Social Security applies the corresponding sanctions if this rule is ignored or if problems were identified but not addressed.

In 2017, the World Health Organization noted that Mexico ranked first in labor stress, above countries such as China and the United States. According to statistics, 75 percent of workers had this problem.

For 2018, the picture did not change much, since academics from the faculties of Psychology and Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico mentioned that 85 percent of the organizations in the country are toxic, that is, they do not have the conditions necessary for subordinates to give their 100 percent, adding that human talent is not taken care of.

Work stress can have many faces: depression, anxiety, diseases such as diabetes and even if not treated in time, death.

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