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What steps can you take to improve employee health and safety?

Employee stress can become a health crisis if not taken care of using the right tools and approach.

Employee stress can become a health crisis if not taken care of using the right tools and approach.

Many workplaces offer a list of benefits for employees including wellness programs, gym memberships, catered lunches and happy hours. One critical missing piece of employee perks, though, is mental health care.

According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than 1,700 employees committed suicide in the workplace between 2003 and 2010. Despite a decline in numbers between 2003 and 2007, suicides did spike again in the remaining years of the study. The study stated:

  • Professions with the highest rates include firefighters, police and farming
  • Suicides rates for men are higher than women
  • Workers between the ages of 65 and 74 are more likely to commit suicide.

Depression can cost the economy upwards of $210 billion, with almost 50 percent of the total related to workplace costs.

This issue can be attributed to an occupation's ability to define and alter a person's life.

"As the lines between home and work continue to blur, personal issues creep into the workplace, and work problems often find their way into employees' personal lives," the study said.

There are steps workplaces can take to reduce the number of suicides. These include:

  • Awareness of individual risk factors  
  • Ensuring employee wellbeing assistance includes adequate mental health coverage 
  • Having suicide intervention training programs 
  • Implementing a health and safety management team for psychological wellbeing
  • Reducing stigma related to mental health issues 
  • Resolving workplace issues in a timely and efficient manner.

Other steps can be taken based on personal business occupations, employee needs and other factors. The most important factor to remember is to ensure employees never feel as if they are alone or that nobody cares.

To learn more about SyberWorks services, employee health and safety or to schedule a product demonstration, please call us at 888-642-7078, email us at info@syberworks.com or register on our site.

SyberWorks, Inc.
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Building 3, Suite 319
Waltham, MA 02452

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