Yesterday, with the pressure to become more office-based, I found the time to tackle all of the paperwork that has been building, including the completion of our new Mental Health Policy.
Construction can be a rewarding and varied industry to work in. But it's also one where pressures can be high, and people can be more likely than average to experience work-related stress and other mental health issues. Male site workers in construction are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. This shocking mental health statistic is a vivid reminder of the difficulties faced by many working in the construction industry every day.
Having witnessed first hand the effects of mental health issues I was aware of the need to produce a mental health policy - not just to 'tick the box', but to make a genuine effort to let our staff know that we take their mental health and wellbeing seriously, and that WE DO CARE.
I shall be delivering the policy to all staff and sites over the next few days personally, chatting to the lads and ladies about any issues they may have, and ensuring that mental health is a regular subject in our toolbox talks. If you would like to read our policy in more detail, or want further advice on how to help your own employees or workmates, feel free to drop me a message via the website.
Stay safe, mentally and physically.