The number of suicides pertaining to mental health problems and depression has become prevalent in the recent past, especially in the construction industry. However, these numbers are now slowly decreasing due to the increasing awareness among employers as well as employees. Thanks to the construction industry which has initiated mental health awareness programs on a large scale basis aiming to improve the mental health of their employees.
However, this is not entirely true. Even blue-collar employees’ working conditions can induce unwanted stress on them and cause them to burnout.
Construction Industry and Workers with Mental Health Problems
The construction industry is one of the first to recognize the kind of risk their employers are running in terms of increased suicidal tendencies and mental stress. Suicide is one of the leading causes of deaths for men in the US (in fact second) and the construction industry, as we all know, employs males predominantly. …
I, being the owner of a Rancho Cucamonga concrete contractor, take the utmost care of my employees in every aspect, especially their health. I am not only concerned about their physical well-being, but I am also worried about their mental health as well.
As you all know the concrete industry has some of the toughest jobs. It demands a lot of physical as well as mental toughness. It involves a lot of risks, especially while removing a driveway. Little negligence can lead to damage of the valuable property of not only the owners but also the neighbors. Sometimes, not paying enough attention may even cost lives.
Hence, I always make sure that my employees are very attentive while performing their jobs. To ensure this, I always talk to my employees to see if they are OK. …
Unlike physical health, mental health problems do not surface easily. Many workers choose not to talk about it for the fear of being bullied by their colleagues, risking their promotions, or even worse, losing their jobs. Workers not being upfront about their mental problems will not only make them suffer but will also make the company’s overall productivity suffer.
Under these circumstances, it is imperative that business owners of concrete companies find the right solutions and resources that can address the mental health issues of their employees. As a concrete contractor, one has to be wary of the mental health of employees. Business owners have to make sure that their employees have a place to go for mental help if need be.…
Attention Deficiency Disorder, also known as ADD, is a mental condition where people often distracted by other things and don’t pay enough attention to their jobs. Though this condition is predominant in aged people, many children and adults have also been diagnosed with ADD.
Workers with ADD problems and their common strengths
Many workers having ADD often find it difficult to perform their day to day duties and sometimes also end-up losing their jobs. However, it has to be noticed that people having ADD have some unique strengths. Though these strengths vary from person to person, they can prove to be invaluable if they choose the right career path.
Some of the strengths that ADD workers possess are:
Love challenging tasks
Why ADD workers lover careers in concrete construction?
Over the years, mental health has always been a tough topic to talk about. There is so much negative stigma around the mental health topic that talking about it itself is considered a taboo. There are various reasons why people are so overwhelmed to talk about their mental problems, even with their loved ones.
Mental health problem – What is it?
When people are talking about mental health, they are expressing about how they feel, think, and how they are dealing with various problems they are facing in their everyday life. It is normal for people to feel sad, happy, worried or angry every now and then. However, when these feelings just don’t go away, that is when mental health problems arise and start affecting your day to day life.
Why is it so hard to talk about mental health problems?
Depending on an individual’s personality, there can be different reasons why people find it hard to open up about their mental problems. Below mentioned are some of the reasons why many people, especially teenagers, don’t open up.
They are afraid that other’s might think they are weird
They are afraid that they might be treated differently
They are afraid that others may spread rumors
They fear that other’s might think it’s silly
Some fear that other’s might make a big deal of it
Yes – The taboo still exists!
Yes, the taboo hasn’t been completely removed yet.
Employees still fear to ask their boss for a leave because they are feeling depressed.…
In today’s busy world, everyone is so immersed in their work that they even hardly have time to breathe. All those busy schedules, meetings, deadlines, commuting, etc put a lot of stress on the brain causing it to heat up and finally resulting in burnout. The best way to keep your brain cool and unwind yourself after a busy day at work is to spend some time by the lake, river, or beach and relax for a few minutes.
How Staying Near Water Can Help Our Brains
Well, when we are surrounded by the water, it imposes a kind of calming effect on our brains. Let’s just say, it sends our brains on a vacation and prevents it from getting over-stimulated. Looking at the clean blue waters and listening to the soothing sound it makes rejuvenates our mind and body. It sends us into a kind of trance where the brain changes the way it thinks and processes our thoughts. It helps us awaken our creative side of the mind. …
Working is good for health, but working in a negative workplace environment can lead to mental health problems. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the US economy has suffered a total loss of $1 trillion in productivity in 2019 alone due to workers facing mental challenges such as depression and anxiety.
Commonly Reported Problems
The most commonly reported problems according to the WHO’s report were harassment from the management and bullying of co-workers which have had a significant impact on employees’ mental health. The above stats show how important it is for a business owner to make sure that their employees are doing fine. They should regularly monitor their employees to find out if there are any mental health risk factors that are restraining their employees from working to their full potential.
Below mentioned are some mental health risk factors to be considered:
Insufficient and improper health policies
Inadequate safety measurements
Very limited or no communication with top-level management
Limited or no control for employees over their work area
Rigid working hours with no flexibility
Unclear instructions, limited resources, and unrealistic deadlines
Apart from the above, mental health problems may also be caused due to the amount of risk a job demands. Some jobs such as first responders, firefighters, humanitarian workers, etc, involve high personal risk than others and can lead to mental disorders. In order to negate such risks, an employee may use harmful substances such as alcohol and drugs which can be devastating for both the employee and the employer.…