It is Men’s Health Week (14th-20th June) this week. According to the HSE, the rate of work-related stress, depression, and anxiety has increased in recent years. Over the past year, new physical and mental challenges have been presented which people have never faced before. Therefore, this year, it is important now more than ever to focus on the health of your employees. Use Men’s Health Week to evaluate the measures you have in place to support your staff, especially male staff who may not be as open with their health – both physical and mental. Employers have a responsibility to protect their workers whilst they are at work. The earlier an employer tackles a problem, the less impact that it will have on both the employer and the business.
It is a fact that men do not look after their health as much as women do. This is especially so in terms of mental health. Due to this, there is a worrying Gender Health Gap forming.
This week is held to shine a light on Men’s Health. The aims of this week are:
Men are more reluctant to go to their doctors compared to women. Women tend to go 6 times a year, whereas men only 4 times. This leads to conditions not being identified in males until it is too late. There are a number of reasons why men are more reluctant. They include:
GP Helplines – providing GP Helplines to your staff so that they can speak to a Doctor quickly and easily if they have a problem.
Generally, men work more hours than women. This can be a contributing factor to poor health.
It is unsurprising many are feeling overworked, which is leading to burnout. Those who are most likely to feel burnout the most recently are healthcare workers, executives, leaders, managers, and small business owners. The BBC has recently reported that burnout for Health and Social care staff had reached emergency levels.
Other causes of burnout include:
Many employees, especially males, may deny that they are feeling this way or be reluctant to admit it when asked. Therefore, it is important to be able to spot signs of burnout amongst your employees. This could include:
If you believe your staff are experiencing burnout, you can:
Spotting and addressing the key factors that affect health at work is important. Introducing wellbeing initiatives and having Men’s Health under control makes sense so that you can have healthier employees. There are many other benefits for your business. These include:
In order for employees to manage stress, employers need to ensure that they manage their own. Having strategies in place to manage their own stress will help employers keep positive energy within the workplace.
Ways to manage stress:
It has always been the case that employers have a legal duty to protect their workers from harm at work including with their health. Make it one of your priorities to ensure your employee’s health is taken care of.
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