Tips for a healthy worksite over the festive season

The last two years were not what anyone expected. The pandemic not only disrupted our personal lives but it affected the way we work too. For many in construction, farming, and transport, the work didn’t stop – instead it became busier and more challenging. People’s expectations of services stayed the same, and in many cases, the demand increased.  Testing became a requirement to manage, we saw endless changing regulations, and product delays became the new normal.

As we head into the festive period it is important to be mindful of how the year has affected you and your workmates.

To look after your mental wellbeing, and that of your workmates, consider the following tips for your workplace.

  1. Take leave if you can: research has proven that taking leave is mutually beneficial for your mental health and productivity. If you are a team leader or manager, it is important to lead by example and encourage your workers to take time for themselves.
  2. Make time to have a chat: before people start heading on holidays, take the opportunity to sit down and have a private conversation. Use this time to understand how the year has been for them, how they are coping with their workload, express gratitude for their role, or perhaps start an “R U OK?” conversation.
  3. Have clear job expectations: with people away, it is important that everyone’s responsibilities are clearly outlined. Check everyone is aware of who is filling in/stepping up if certain site managers or team leaders are away.
  4. Create inclusive celebrations: as the year draws to a close, many companies will throw events to celebrate. It is important that these events are inclusive so that all workers can participate. Instead of heading to the local pub, maybe try a team activity like lawn bowls or an escape room.
  5. Be kind to yourself: the rush before Christmas can sometimes be the busiest time of the year as we aim to meet deadlines. Remember to promote self-care, offer additional support to those who need it, and make sure deadlines are realistic and achievable.
  6. Promote support services: for many of the reasons listed above, the festive season can be a busy and stressful time. Make sure your workplace is promoting a range of support services and/or your Employee Assistance Program. For a list of support services to promote, click here.

The OzHelp team would like to wish you and your family a safe and joyful festive season. We encourage you to spend quality time connecting with loved ones, practicing self-care, and enjoying the things you love most.

Support is available

Building and construction workers and their families can access free counselling and 24/7 support by calling OzHelp on 1300 694 357.

For 24/7 crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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