Did you know…
• Every day, two construction workers take their own lives
• Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45
• Construction workers are 3.7 times more likely to suffer from poor mental health
We are passionate about supporting all our people’s wellbeing and reducing the stigma associated with poor mental health and wellbeing across our workforce, including our sub-contractors and supply chain. While many organisations have become more aware of this issue over recent years, there is still more to be done to ensure people are provided with the support they need.
To demonstrate our dedication to supporting our team, we have recently committed to the ISO 45003 certification, the first global standard which guides employers on mental health and wellbeing.
This new ISO standard has been developed by the International Organisation of Standardisation to enable businesses to identify the conditions, circumstances and workplace demands that may have the potential to impair the psychological health and wellbeing of their people. It contains detailed guidelines that will give us practical advice on how to manage psychosocial risk in the workplace which can be categorised into the following key areas: context of the organisation, leadership, planning, support, operation, performance evaluation and improvement.
Commenting, Kris Kelly, head of HSEQ and support services at ADT Workplace said: “We are really proud to be among one of the first organisations in our sector to commit to the new ISO 45003 certification. The team has worked really hard over recent years to improve our wellbeing support package – which includes flexible working, access to an EAP, BUPA cover, a partnership with mental health organisation, Mates in Mind, and a comprehensive wellbeing events calendar.
“By adopting a proactive and preventative approach to supporting the mental wellbeing of our people, we are already seeing a host of benefits including increased employee commitment and productivity, a more resilient workforce and improved retention, and reduced absenteeism. This certification will formalise much of what we already do, as well as help continually improve and enhance the support we provide.”
We have also recently renewed our membership with mental health charity, Mates in Mind. Mates in Mind provides us with information, guidance and resources to be able to provide better support and appropriate training on mental health in the workplace.