Construction organisation Graham has introduced a wellbeing strategy to support the mental health of its 6,500 employees.
The organisation launched an online wellbeing hub on 13 October, providing employees with advice on how to manage their mental health through webinars and articles. Staff will also be able to access one-to-one counselling and support programmes online. There will also be regular online talks that will address the importance of mental health and wellbeing.
Graham has also invested in training 80 staff members to take up the role of mental health first aiders, supporting staff throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Its mental health first aiders will be supported by the organisation’s human resources and health teams on how to approach employees while abiding by safety measures during the pandemic. Mental health first aiders will be asked to maintain their distance and organise formal meetings where possible to avoid congestion.
Michael Smyth, HR director at Graham, said: “The construction industry has always been considered a macho industry where employees have not previously felt comfortable speaking up if they are struggling with their mental health.
“We feel it is our duty as an employer to act as a figurehead and lead the way when it comes to addressing sensitive issues and that is exactly what we have chosen to do by pioneering a programme and environment that removes the stigma around mental health issues and replaces it with solutions and support.
‘Our programme also embraces inclusion. By valuing individuals and promoting a culture of wellbeing to which people respond positively, it allows them to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.
“We recognise now, more than ever, that we are living in a very uncertain world, and recognise that our employees balance their working lives with a wide range of external issues that may prevent them from feeling their best and we want them to know we are here for them.”