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Identifying early warning signs

Identifying early warning signs will help employers support employees who may be at risk of injury or illness at work.


  • Not getting things done
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Emotional responses
  • Complaints of lack of management support
  • Fixation with fair treatment issues
  • Complaints of not coping with workload
  • Withdrawn from colleagues
  • Reduced participation in work activities
  • Increased consumption of caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and/or sedatives
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Indecisive
  • Memory lapses
  • Loss of confidence
  • Unplanned absences
  • Conflict with team members/manager
  • Use of grievance procedures
  • Increased errors and/or accidents

Physical signs

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick and run down
  • Headaches
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Dishevelled appearance
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Rashes
Page last updated: 22 May 2019