Promoting work’s positive impact on mental health
BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE HARMFUL IMPACT OF WORK ON MENTAL HEALTH ON SITE?
POLICY & PLANNING
Maintaining good communication throughout a project will ensure that workers are informed about progress and can feel engaged in the project well beyond their individual tasks. Promoting a collaborative and positive workplace culture where possible, is vital for improving mental health on site.
A collaborative rather than hierarchical structure can be helpful to the organisation of work. Team-based approaches can have a positive impact particularly across trade groups around tasks and outcomes.
PURPOSE OF WORK
Where possible, workers should be encouraged to focus on the social value of the project. In any creative industry, job satisfaction can be obtained by considering the benefit of the final project, and the building and construction industry can offer its workers this same satisfaction.
Working with peer support networks can help to build teams and social cohesion around a purpose. For example, participating in public campaigns or fundraising at work can build a more positive, cohesive work environment.
Encouraging active and engaged conversation can help staff take on board suggestions and improvements. Using a mental health or satisfaction index over the life of a project can also highlight the good periods, as well as the testing periods, during a project which can inform future management.