The Everyday Activist Guide » 10 Things You Can Do To Combat Workplace Violence.

I really like this website Future Without Violence, they provide so much great information this article give tips on being a activist against sexual violence. We are living in an extraordinary time. Survivors of sexual violence are coming forward and some are finally being heard and believed.

And while a few powerful abusers are paying the price for their unlawful conduct, workplaces overall have been slow to respond to the structural, institutional, and cultural norms that underlie #metoo in the workplace.

But what if we could stop sexual assault and harassment in the workplace before it happens?

We can. Together.
— Read on checkyourworkplace.com/activist-guide/

When Domestic Violence Becomes A Workplace Issue After two employees were killed, the hospital where they worked decided to tackle the issue head-on. By Melissa Jeltsen.

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The two deaths came in quick succession, shocking the close-knit community of health care workers at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

First, in August 2013, an administrative assistant was fatally shot by her estranged husband while she was helping her 3-year-old son get into a car. Five months later, a nurse who worked with oncology patients was stabbed to death by her son after a history of domestic altercations.

“She was very optimistic and positive,” said Michele McKee, director of nursing services. “The staff is still struggling with the loss. There was denial. Tears. Anger. And then, guilt. What did we miss? What could we have done?”

While hospital staff had been trained to identify patients who were experiencing domestic violence, they didn’t pay the same attention to warning signs in their own peers, said Leslie Hott, St. Joseph’s human resources manager.

“Our value statement says, ‘loving service, compassionate care,’” Hott said. “We typically think about that for those we care for, but not each other.”

That is now changing.

St. Joseph is undergoing an ambitious effort to address domestic violence among its workforce, rolling out an intensive training program to help staff members identify — and hopefully prevent — domestic violence, as well as a new workplace policy to support employees who are suffering. 

The hospital partnered with Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit that has helped organizations across the country address how domestic violence hurts its workforce. In 2014, Futures began a pilot site project called Low Wage, High Risk to develop best practices for workplaces where employees may be vulnerable to physical and sexual violence. The nonprofit is currently collaborating with tomato crop workers in Florida and restaurant employees in New York, as well as health care workers at St. Joseph in Towson.

The hospital didn’t have a formal workplace domestic violence policy in place when its staffers were killed. Most organizations across the country don’t, even though domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in the U.S.

There was denial. Tears. Anger. And then, guilt. What did we miss? What could we have done?Michele McKee, director of nursing services

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Psychological Well-Being in the Workplace: The Importance of Mental Health.

Studies have shown that improving the mental health of employees not only increases workplace happiness, but also reduces healthcare costs. by Elena Krle

Don’t Ignore the Problem

Mental health and psychological wellbeing should not be something to be ashamed of. When we ignore the issues or sweep them under the rug it sets the example to employees that we do not care or will not be supportive if they have need of help. By providing things like access to mental health counseling, de-stressing events throughout the day, or letting them bring in their children or pets on certain days you address the issues straight. Even small companies can offer things to help their employees – it doesn’t have to be expensive to be helpful. Offering a quiet space for meditation or even just a bowl of treats can lift morale and show your workers you care about their well-being. Studies, like this from The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, show that by providing whatever you can in the form of support can help your employees deal with mental health issues.

Encourage Healthy Living

Time and time again we see that exercise and proper nutrition provide many people who suffer from mental unwellness with relief. Encouraging employees to stay active and eat healthy not only helps them but also helps you too. People who suffer from certain mental illnesses can be less productive when they are not well. They can even be more prone to physical illnesses like heart attacks. Giving employees the chance to see a doctor regularly by providing health insurance can be especially useful. Smaller companies can have problems with this though. Promoting individual insurance, like www.now-health.com, that they can get on their own is helpful if you’re not able to offer a company plan.

Education is Key

Sometimes an employee might not know what exactly is wrong, but still, know that they don’t feel right. Maybe they’re anxious or sad for no reason. Maybe they feel overwhelmed by their duties and daily responsibilities. Making sure employees have the educational resources to know what is wrong can help them figure out a plan to get themselves better. Fortunately, education on psychological wellbeing is often free. You can find numerous websites that offer advice and tips that can be distributed either en-mass or through confidential services. Alternatively, you could spend just a little to have a speaker come to talk to your employees on the symptoms of common mental illnesses. If you can’t get a professional, you can at least have a manager give a speech on common talking points like these.

Have Get-Togethers!

Social interactions are important in maintaining mental wellbeing. Having regular office parties or get-togethers outside of the work environment is a great way for people to connect in a way that is less stressful for employees to talk, let loose a little, and maybe even flirt. It’s extremely easy to set up this kind of event, it can even cost your company nothing if you meet off-site at a bar or restaurant that employees take care of the tabs themselves. Social interactions can increase levels of serotonin which increases levels of happiness hormones that will help your employees thrive. A couple of straightforward approaches to this are to celebrate birthdays month to month, become more acquainted with local events, and organize excursions or support mid-day breaks.

Conclusion

It may seem like there is nothing to be done about mental health issues in the workplace, but there are many options that provide relief to employees that will help your company and give comfort to employees. Mental health is imperative to making sure your company helps to ensure that all are comfortable and happy.
— Published on May 2, 2019

Employee Well-Being: You Don’t Just Need Happy Employees, You Need Productive Ones

Employee well-being is more than just another wellness program — it’s a way to improve workforce profitability and drive value for businesses everywhere.

The concept of employee well-being sprang initially from the employee wellness program — an initiative aimed at lowering insurance premiums by encouraging positive, healthy behaviors among the workforce. At some point, the definition of wellness expanded to include financial and emotional wellness, too.

When you’re buying a machine or training a new worker, it’s fairly easy to look at the investment and the output to determine a return on investment. Trying to calculate the ROI of employee well-being, however, is inherently challenging because well-being is an intangible aspect of employment.
— Read on www.adp.com/spark/articles/2018/10/employee-wellbeing-you-dont-just-need-happy-employees-you-need-productive-ones.aspx

Creating Healthy employees.

Every company should want and desire to have healthy employees, that should be a goal you strive to achieve.

When running a business employers should make it your top priority to ensure that your employees have the ability to stay healthy and happy at the same time. When any of your employees are lacking any of the following attributes than several things can follow. Staying mentally, socially and physically in shape should be number one on your list.

Why Should Business Care About Employee Wellbeing

Lower turnover

For a thriving business, you need thriving employees. So it’s no surprise that when an employee is thriving, engaged and enjoying their work, they’re less likely to look for another job.

When it comes to running a business, turnover should worry you. This is because turnover can only mean negative effects on a business. When staff members quit, there are a few reactions that can take place in a business. Firstly, work doesn’t get done, leading to clients potentially being left waiting and/or their work being placed further down the list of importance.

The next pain that comes from turnovers is the cost of hiring somebody new. This can be unexpectedly pricey for a business, especially when there can sometimes be a shortage of talent, in the local talent pool. This can make for a long time to find the best person. If, like many other businesses, you cant find the best person, you’ll have to settle. This means hiring someone who can only do parts of the job, then training them up.

More productive and hard working

As an employer, employee health and wellbeing does more than just making them happy at work. It’s proven that promoting health at work can make an employee more productive, too.

Happier and healthier employees are shown to regularly outperform those who are in organisations which do not promote health and wellbeing. This is important to note, because for a long time, management believed investing in employee health schemes to be a waste of money, yielding little rewards for the business.

In recent years, this has changed. Through people like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and other influential figures advocating corporate health and happiness, health has become a more widely accepted part of the corporate culture. However, beyond this anecdotal evidence, studies are showing that the healthier your employees, the more productive and harder working they become.

This can be confirmed through a number of measurements and studies. For example, the Queens School of Business and the Gallup Organization found that absenteeism, workplace accidents and errors go up when employees are disengaged. From this, it’s reasonable to assume that through the greater health of employees, these issues would lessen.

Bottom line benefits

As we’ve stated previously, it was once thought that promoting health didn’t necessarily add to the bottom line. However, we now know this to be false. Research shows that there is a new trend in business, today. A trend that says good health is good business. When it comes to the bottom line, few tactics is as beneficial as implementing a health scheme. Proving that employee health and wellbeing can improve the businesses ROI, all businesses could benefit.

Thickening out the bottom line is generally what most businesses want. And given that most employees want to be healthy and happy at work, it appears to be a win-win situation. Still, there are many businesses that don’t implement health into their business.

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