As a company with a close knit workforce, SRL Traffic is a big believer in looking after your team’s mental health, and offering a helping hand when needed.
For SRL, fostering a supportive and welcoming working environment is paramount, as not only does that help to create and retain a happy and hard-working taskforce, it also ensures that they feel secure enough to speak up about any issue should they need to.
This Mental Health Awareness Week (May 18 – 24, 2020), the emphasis is on kindness, and in the current climate especially, where people are feeling more uneasy, stressed and unsure than they might normally do, it’s something we should all be getting behind. This is especially important in our sector, as a 2019 study revealed that 6 out of 10 construction and road workers suffer from work-related mental ill health¹. The long hours away from family and the fact that it can be a high risk environment can take its toll on anyone, no matter who they are, which is why we try our best to instil an honest and open working environment for our team.
50% of respondents to the study claimed that a chat with a friend is considered the most effective mood-booster for a bad day at work, which is why it’s so important to keep talking – especially now when contact is limited. A seemingly simple gesture such as asking if your friend or colleague is okay could be the key in getting them to open up and share their worries. It may not seem like much, but it’s a big deal – and one we take very seriously at SRL.
And in a typically masculine industry where opening up is sometimes viewed as a weakness, and where sadly, the suicide rate is staggeringly high², SRL will continue to operate an open door policy with staff being encouraged to talk through any challenges they may be facing rather than bottling them up, because we believe that a problem shared is a problem halved.
Take a look at the poem released for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and please continue to be kind, to yourself and to others.
At times like these, when the world seems upside down
Kindness can be the key to turning things around
You see, kindness has the power to create community, support and hope
A helping hand says you’re not alone when you face that upward slope
Of course, being kind is always the right thing to do
But did you know that doing good is also good for you?
You see, a little act of kindness can boost your mental health
It can lower stress and cheer your mood to think of someone else
And of course, don’t forget to be kind to yourself
It doesn’t have to take a lot, ‘cause even the smallest spark
Can be the thing to light the way when someone’s world feels dark
So make that call, share that gif, send some happy post
And this Mental Health Awareness Week
Remember: Kindness matters most
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Watch their full video here.