In the third episode of employee matters, we discuss the topic of wellness and mental health within the workplace, with a focus on the construction industry. We were joined by Steve Kurslack, founder of STEAM; , a UK charity focusing on health and wellbeing within the construction industry.
There has been a shift around what falls under wellbeing in the construction industry, and what forms part of it in a holistic way. Steve believes education around wellbeing is crucial in the construction industry. He believes it is critical to understand that mental health is as important as physical health, and that the link between the two is undeniable.
STEAM; helps employees with the education of the best way to go about maintaining overall wellbeing, with a strong focus on the mental health aspect and the role it plays, this includes financial wellbeing. According to Steve, this is one of the main concerns in construction. He also encourages those in the industry to approach the management teams about their mental and physical state, and not just expect those above to know what is happening on the ground.
Neil Fallon, co-founder of Eppione, shares these sentiments. He says that as an employee it is significant to understand the triggers of poor mental health. He adds that it is also important to understand that wellbeing will mean something different for every company and sector; which is why listening to your employees and taking action is the best way to find the model for your industry. As a business, you need to have the portals to encourage this. Neil has seen the gravity of employers having a duty to deliver on these issues after they have received the feedback.
Both Steve and Neil praise the current apps and online sites that encourage all industries to check in with themselves throughout their day. Neil acknowledges that there is a financial strain on business to take the task on, but the business will reap the rewards because happy employees are productive employees.
So how can companies implement strategies that will improve the wellbeing of the organisation and those who work for it? Besides the applications that are available, Neil encourages employers to engage the experts. Larger corporations have opted for entire teams of experts to aid them in finding the solutions to employee wellbeing. The repercussions of not speaking to the experts or focusing on employee wellness, according to Neil, will cause the business to be left behind.
You can watch the full episode of Employee Matters here.
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