Can Addressing Mental Health Issues Increase Workplace Safety?March 30, 2021
Most people spend a significant amount of time at work, and daily events outside of work can have an impact on someone’s job performance and mental health. The National Safety Council dedicated a portion of its annual networking and trade show to address the problem of how employers should be doing more to handle mental health issues that arise among workers. The virtual presentation centered on the idea of approaching mental health as an integral part of overall workplace safety.
The discussion included a concern that mental health issues make workers unsafe. There is a connection between mental health conditions and incidences of workplace accidents and work injuries. Employees who are suffering from mild to moderate psychological symptoms may become distracted and tend to be more isolated at work. The concern is that the unaddressed mental pressure could lead to problems in the workplace.
It is understandable that an employee going through a divorce or grieving after a personal loss might show signs of distraction, depression, or emotional displacement. These emotions become bigger problems when distractions lead to workplace accidents. However, there are some steps employers can do to support the mental health of workers.
How can an Employer Create a Healthy Work Environment?
An employer that provides employees with an outlet and assistance can create a supportive work environment to help distressed employees. When employers consider the mental health of their employees, improved safety is not the only positive outcome. Working with employees to provide mental health support can also increase productivity and decrease absenteeism. An employee is less likely to be absent from work when they feel supported by their employer.
Educational presentations to employees about the dangers of mental health distractions can improve awareness, but making treatment options available to suffering employees can help employees receive help. Engaging the services of a counselor can make a big difference as well. A counsel can assist employees and create an overall safer workplace. If an employee has a workplace mental injury, they may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation. A lawyer can help with a claim.
Media Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help Employees Suffering from Mental Injuries
It is important that an employer provides a safe environment for their workers, and mental health support can help create a more secure workplace. If you have a mental injury because of your job, a Media Workers’ Compensation lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can determine if you are eligible for benefits. Complete our online form or call us at 610-892-4940 for a free consultation. Our office is located in Media, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.