Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Knowing how to identify and support employees who are struggling with mental health issues can be imperative to employee’s overall performance and attitude at work. As an employer, you need to recognise the signs and ensure your business has the necessary supports in place. Work life impact on mental health Work can often contribute to an individual’s mental health. Anxiety and depression are often exaggerated or heightened in the workplace. It is crucial that employers and more importantly managers are equipped to deal with such challenges, if and when they arise. Company-wide policies, programmes and initiatives should be developed for such scenarios. What to look out for Mental health issues are not always straightforward. However, identifying someone who is struggling as soon as possible can be the key to helping them recover. The following are some signs that indicate if someone is facing mental health difficulties at work. Mood swings or noticeable changes in behaviour Lack of clarity or focus at work Lack of interest in engaging with colleagues Increase in absenteeism or missed periods of work Increase in normal drinking or smoking habits Drastic change in weight or appearance How to approach an employee Simply check in with employees to see how they are doing on a regular basis. Once they are then ready to talk, hopefully you will have built up somewhat of a rapport in which they feel they can open up to you. Privacy is key in these situations, so the first action should probably to set aside some time to catch up one-on-one. Ensuring that the tone of the meeting is kept light and informal...
Is your company prepared for a cyber-attack?

Is your company prepared for a cyber-attack?

As new enterprise technologies spread, businesses across multiple sectors are coming to terms with a growing and rapidly evolving landscape of cyber-threats. How can you ensure that your company is protected against cyber-attacks? Review your security policies From email phishing scams to ransomware to malicious websites, it is important to stay updated on the latest types of cyber-attacks and scams that are going around, and to train your employees in how to recognise them. A common problem is employees using the same password for all their different accounts, as it only takes one password being stolen to expose all of their data. Advise employees to take a sentence they find particularly memorable, and condense it into a sequence of letters and numbers that is difficult to crack. Keep in mind that your IT security strategy affects everyone in the organisation. Therefore, staff training on cyber-security needs to address both external security threats as well as internal best practices relating to data security and privacy. Regularly audit and update your systems Simply ensure that your network and computing devices are kept up to date. Don’t ignore security notifications and alerts being sent from your operating systems, anti-virus software, web browsers and firewalls, as waiting until later to apply them can leave your data and networks vulnerable to hacks and malware. A bring your own device policy that allows employees to bring their own laptops, tablets and smartphones to work creates significant security risks and challenges in terms of securing your corporate data. Providing employees with appropriate training on personal device security, alongside technology-based solutions such as maintaining an app blacklist...

Onboarding Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

A good onboarding experience plays an important role in making sure that new employees enjoy their role and ultimately stay at the company. Here are just a few onboarding mistakes that you need to avoid if you want to keep that dream hire. Neglecting your employer brand This is your company’s personality, culture and values. Candidates will have looked into your company’s reputation before applying for and accepting the role. Further educate your new employee by showing them videos or other content you might have that portrays your employer brand. Starting too late The onboarding process should begin from the moment the candidate accepts the job offer. If the employee is not starting their role for a number of weeks or months, it is important that you stay in contact with them during this time so they begin to feel like part of the team. Send employees all the necessary paperwork they have to fill out and keep in touch in the lead up to their start date. Not introducing coworkers Starting a new job is daunting, especially in a big office. Take the time to introduce them to the team. Show them all the different departments in the company and introduce them to the relevant people. It’s also helpful to point out any other new starters so they know they’re not alone. Not preparing the workspace All employees should be provided with a workspace as soon as they enter your company. You should also prepare any equipment they might need to complete their tasks. This will give new hires a certain sense of security as they will have a base to return...
How much is employee turnover costing you?

How much is employee turnover costing you?

Are you facing employee turnover problems in your business? Have you been hiring replacements and carrying on business as usual? You may be overlooking the negative impact employee turnover is having on your overall business. Business costs Some basic costs include the agency fees and advertising costs involved in promoting the job vacancy. There are also labour costs involved in creating the job ad, reviewing applications, interviewing, as well as onboarding and training. Existing employees may take on additional workload until you find a suitable replacement. You can also face significant costs from lost productivity. Reduced productivity It is possible to split tasks up amongst remaining employees, however heavy workloads can often leave certain tasks overlooked. Their own jobs may also get neglected and projects may be impacted. Once a replacement has been hired it will take time for them to become fully effective in their new role. Lost relationships and a bad reputation Employees may have built long-standing relationships with your customers. When that employee leaves, your customers will have to deal with a new member of your team. They may face knowledge gaps or feel like they’re being passed from one employee to the next. This can cause inconsistencies and wasted time, resulting in fraught relationships. Customers may decide to take their business elsewhere or follow your previous employee. Equally if your business gets a reputation for low employee retention rates, you may struggle to be seen as a desirable place to work. This could damage your chances of attracting the best quality employees. Retraining expenses You may have paid for your employees training and development which...
It’s time to hire temporary professionals

It’s time to hire temporary professionals

How to recognize the signs that temporary professionals might be exactly what you need to help your team and your business: Lack of suitable permanent candidates A skills shortage can prevent you from finding the right candidate quickly, leaving you with a deficit in your team. If you have a role that you need to fill, find a temporary member of staff until the right fit can be found. A heavy team workload With multiple projects due for delivery and a heavy workload, a professional looking for temp work can help free up your more valuable permanent employees. This helps to take the pressure off your top performers, leaving them free to focus on important tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Need for niche skills and the digital transformation Permanent workforces don’t often possess specialist skills and niche abilities. Freelance and temporary professionals can come in on a short-term contract—especially if you know you won’t necessarily require those skills again for future projects. It’s also not uncommon for businesses to hire temporary skilled professionals to take the reins while they train up existing members of staff to prepare them for the digital transformation of the business. Annual leave If you’re concerned that too many of your top performers will be on annual leave at the same time, a temporary member of staff can help pick up the slack for temp work and relieve the pressure on remaining staff members, who may otherwise have had to share the workload. Limited budgets If you’ve noticed that there’s room in your team for a new professional but you simply don’t have the budget to...
Unemployment on a Record Decline in Canada

Unemployment on a Record Decline in Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada fell to a new four-decade low this May. Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent; beating the previous low of 5.6 per cent set late last 2018. The part-time segment remained unchanged with all of the gains coming in full-time employment. Self-employment was responsible for all of May’s job growth. Notably the drop in unemployment was largely due to a surprise decline of nearly 50,000 in the size of the labour force. Nevertheless, the labour market has added more than 400,000 jobs in the past nine months, including 250,000 since the beginning of 2019. Below are some note-worthy observations. Insights by sector from May: Health care and social services up 20,400 jobs Professional, scientific and technical services up 17,200 jobs Manufacturing up 9,400 jobs Business and building-support services segment up 19,400 jobs Accommodations and restaurant employment up 12,400 jobs Insights by province: Five out of 10 provinces posted job gains Ontario up 20,900 jobs British Columbia up 16,800 jobs Quebec up 11,600 jobs Newfoundland and Labrador up 2,700 jobs Alberta up 2,200 jobs With a drop in unemployment, it can be tough to find and retain high-quality candidates. Get in touch with Staffworks to learn more about how we can help. Connect with us on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter for industry insights, opportunities, and more....