Employee Well-being - Debra Wein, CEO of Wellness Workdays Featured in Site-K Construction Zone
Proactive Behavioral Health Approaches for Construction
No one can argue that 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have created major stressors in our personal and professional lives and have caused
many of us to experience greater levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Even before COVID-19, one in five Americans suffered from a mental health condition, and about 50 percent of people are diagnosed with a mental health illness or disorder within their lifetime. Worldwide, the construction industry has one of the worst records for employee mental health and suicides.
Fortunately, several large and small employers in the construction industries and trades are taking considerable steps to remove the stigma associated with behavioral health issues. The changes Turner Construction and other companies are making are designed to reshape employees’ attitudes about mental health, while encouraging compassion and providing resources for those struggling with anxiety, depression, or other conditions. Mental and behavioral health problems in the workplace have a direct negative impact on employers and businesses due to increased absenteeism and reduced presenteeism, productivity, and profits.
Read the full article for some guidelines to consider in order to safeguard the well-being of your employees and subs.