Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
DAS prides itself on providing a bespoke service to all it's clients. This includes monitoring the health and wellbeing of everyone in the workforce. Starting with our own. If the staff who look after the clients are not well then how can we do our job effectively?
It is a well known fact that the biggest health issue in the workplace is stress. Although this may be difficult to identify it's often related to the increasing pressures employees experience during their working lives.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were over 480,000 reports of stress in the workplace making them sick. Many employers simply refuse to acknowledge that there is an issue with work-related illness in an attempt to protect their reputation and branding.
Sadly, this 'head in the sand' mentality doesn't protect the employees and the business itself. WIth low self esteem, lack of confidence and poor management support many employees are not fulfilling their true potential.
When employees struggle with the demands of both work and home life, some can and often find relief in unhelpful behaviours, such as drug and/or alcohol abuse. Taking this line of action doesn't help the individual or the employer long-term. It not only increases the risk of injury or death, but it also damages productivity, morale and loyalty to the company, from the workers and the public.
DAS has a full team of Drug Impairment Trainers who are able to deliver training to members of staff who hold a senior role. It's perfect for Health and Safety Officers, Management team, First Aiders, Supervisors and Site and Duty Managers. A fully trained staff will be able to recognise the sign and symptoms of substance abuse. This then enables them to take action in accordance with the company policy and procedure.
As part of the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) we also offer training to anyone within the company who is struggling with substance abuse and would like to stop! Some employers are happy to offer support to employees who have in the past been a valuable member of the team. The Addiction Free Mindset programme is available to anyone wishing to break their habit to unhelpful substances that impair their judgement.
We at DAS also have a fully qualified team of Mental Health First Aiders. It was reported in 2016 that approximately 15 million workers were absent from work due to mental health issues and stress. The biggest issue currently in the workplace is employees struggling with depression, stress and anxiety.
With UK businesses losing over £30 billion every year due to sickness absence, productivity and substituting staff members who are on long-term leave due to work-related mental illness.
The DAS mental health first aid team work closely with management and staff to reduce the risk of work-related stress, in order to increase productivity, morale and confidence. This level of support enables the MHFA team to spot the early signs of the more common mental health issues as part of an intervention service.
Employers who have a duty of care to all members of staff are taking responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their staff. Not only providing drug and alcohol support through the EAP, they are also encouraging individuals to access the non-judgemental support provided by the Mental Health First Aid team. Reducing stress and preventing the individual from seeking relief from legal and illegal substances.