Whether onsite or in the office, every single person at work has to have the confidence to approach their manager if there’s something troubling them.
After facing the many pressures of COVID, mental health has become one of the most urgent safety issues in construction. It has always been a challenge – construction sites have not always been known as open, accepting environments to discuss and address mental health. Significant progress has been made, but COVID introduced an unprecedented level of uncertainty and tension, impacting the mental health of all construction site-based personnel around Australia.
The safety and wellbeing of each individual directly affects the whole team. Safety procedures are always critical onsite, but COVID-19 is adding layers of administration and procedures where people are already carrying extra loads. It’s crucial that they have the right tools and support, alongside acknowledgement of what they’re dealing with every day.
A simple ‘thank-you’ can be the difference between someone going home feeling exhausted and low, or feeling like it has been a good day. In challenging times like now, this matters more than ever.