The Need for a Mentally Fit Workforce
Is the current mental health crisis a modern phenomenon?
Academics would argue that poor mental health is a result of the gig economy, due to a transient, unstable and insecure nature of employment today. The highways industry in particular sub-contractors suffer this continuing problem. Hiring and firing to meet he expectations of the primary client.
As new contracts come in smaller companies have to surge the workforce in an attempt to meet their commitments. Without a strong recruitment and selection process companies can fall foul of hiring less desirable temporary staff members.
Poor choice in selecting the right type of staff member can be disastrous.
If we consider the shortfalls of the problems mentioned with the gig economy and add the misuse of drug use in particular cocaine, then the burden on the employer can be unworkable.
Cocaine by definition is an over stimulant. When combined with alcohol then the effect is multiplied.
There is wide spread community who rely on cocaine to socialise and see absolutely no problem in their use of the drug. It is common knowledge that cocaine exasperates previous or ongoing health conditions. Without even considering the physical health implications. Widespread incidents of the cutting of cocaine with other chemicals has been recognised by the NHS.
It’s a sad fact that UK is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in the UK.
From an industry perspective cocaine causes users to be: over confident, arrogant, aggressive which could lead to staff members taking careless risks increasing their or other chances of injury. Working on our highways or in construction has enough risk already.
Our conflict resolution and management training are designed to help employers better educate their work force and identify problems.
It is a sad fact when something goes wrong then the company directors suffer the most.
The HSE as released figures that the highest reason for 3 days sick is as a result of stress, anxiety and depression.
Good conflict management and mental health awareness go hand in hand.