We’re a small business and there’s crazy pressures on us. It’s easy to lose sight of the people who are doing the work and just focus on the work that needs to get done. But once I started paying more attention to my employees as people, getting to know them, and helping them any way I could, I noticed that there was more of a team atmosphere on the job sites and work was getting done better and faster. It was a new sight for me – take care of people better, and they take care of their work better."Frank, company owner
Once you’ve opened up a dialogue with your employee about their mental health, the priority is to develop positive steps to address the key issues they’re struggling with. Clear policies and guidelines on workplace adjustments are crucial to support workers to cope and recover.
Adapt your support to suit the individual and involve people as much as possible in finding solutions to any work-related difficulties they’re experiencing.
Below are some strategies to consider:
I figured something was up with him, but I didn’t know the signs to look for or how to bring it up. One day, he didn’t show up for work and it was a punch to the gut when I heard that he took his life. I’ll never let that happen again. I know the signs now and guys know that I’m in their corner if they ever need me. I’m not afraid to speak up anymore."Jas, Framer