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Is your company doing an employee serious mental harm?

by , 15 August 2014
These days, companies expect a lot from their employees. They push them to impossible limits and employees feel they get very little reward for it.

All this stress, pressure and under appreciation is a serious cause of depression. It's a worldwide epidemic and the saddest part is few employers actually do anything about it.

Today, we're here to tell you that it's your duty to protect your employees' mental health as much as their physical health.

Here's how...

 

Here are some scary stats on what your company is doing to your employees

 
According the Bliefnet.com, one in five (17%) working women suffers from work related depression and more than one in eight (13%) working men do too.
 
And it all comes down to workplaces tress, pressure and under appreciation. This means your company is actually causing your employees serious harm and that's a health and safety violation. 
 
Depression is a life-threatening illness with 15% of clinically depressed people dying by suicide, according to Save.com.
 
If that's not a reason to wake up and realise the danger your employees are in, I don't know what is.
 
So starting from today, take these three steps to help protect your employees' mental health at work.
 
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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer

When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 

Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 
 

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Here's how to protect your employees' mental health at work

 
To protect your employees from the health and safety issue of depression take these steps:
 
Step #1: Provide stress councillors your employees can turn to when the stress of their job gets too much.
 
Step #2: Re-evaluate the goals of your company and the work your employees do. If you find you're putting them under more stress than is necessary, even out this imbalance.
 
Step #3: Ensure your employees feel appreciated. If your employees feel they are needed and appreciated, it'll do a lot to ward off mental health problems such as depression.
 
Never forget that it's your duty as an employer to protect your employees from this disease. If you don't, their health and their lives may be at risk.
 

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