Safe and effective work on a construction site involves providing support for your workers’ mental and physical health. Workers who experience overall wellness are likely to pay close attention to their tasks, maintain optimal energy levels, and meet the rigorous demands of their jobs. This lowers the odds of taking time off due to anxiety, depression, injury, illness, or other health concerns.
Implement these three tips to enhance your construction workers’ mental and physical wellness.
1. Provide Accommodations to Promote Mental Health
Remind your construction workers to address their mental health needs at all times. This may require time, space, and/or alterations to communications to handle anxiety, overstimulation, or a temporary inability to concentrate. It also could involve time off for appointments, treatment, or recovery. Or, workers may need to take leave, then gradually transition back to regular work responsibilities and duties. Providing support for your workers’ needs helps with stabilization and recovery.
2. Promote Healthy Eating and Exercise
Construction workers who eat healthy foods and regularly exercise tend to be more productive than those who do not. This is why you should talk with your workers during safety meetings about the importance of meal planning to fill their nutritional needs with each meal. Include tips on packing a healthy lunch that keeps them full and provides energy to finish their shift. Also, if you provide snacks on the job site, include nuts and easily consumed fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, and carrot sticks. Additionally, remind your workers to exercise each day, especially if their role requires sitting or performing repetitive tasks. Walking, running, swimming, biking, weight training, or another combination of activities are great ways to keep muscles in shape, prevent injuries, and reduce stress.
3. Normalize Discussion of Mental Health
Talk openly with your construction workers about mental health issues. For instance, remind them that the pandemic has increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and other adverse emotions that can lead to harmful behaviors. Also, create a culture that normalizes discussion of mental health concerns in a safe, supportive environment. Additionally, let your workers know about any counseling, treatment, or other programs they are eligible for to provide support for their emotional well-being.
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