Supporting your lone workers and their mental health

Lone working can cause work-related stress and affect people’s mental health due to the disconnection from others. Being away from managers and colleagues can make it difficult for lone workers to get proper support. In order to support your lone workers and ensure their health and happiness, you must take the necessary steps. At First2HelpYou, here’s what we recommend you do.

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supporting your lone workers

Part of your responsibility as an employer is to support the mental health and wellbeing of all your employees. However, lone working employees, in particular, are at more risk of suffering stress, anxiety, and depression due to the isolation of their role. The more isolated they feel, the more likely they are to suffer in silence. You should maintain regular contact with your lone working employees to ensure they are doing well. Ensure that they know you’re available if they need someone to talk to. As a result, that person will feel reassured that they have someone they can turn to for support if needed.

Monitor your employees’ health

It’s a good idea to schedule catch-up meetings with your lone workers to discuss how they are doing in their roles and whether they require any additional support or assistance. By having these discussions, you may be able to gain a better understanding of your employees’ concerns and worries, enabling you to monitor their health more closely.

Use technology to help provide a sense of safety

It can be reassuring for lone workers to know that there is help at hand if they need it through the use of a lone worker device. Lone workers are more likely to face risks during their day due to the isolation of their role, which can cause stress. If they’re in jeopardy, they can use the lone worker device SOS button to seek help immediately. Take a look at First2HelpYou’s device portfolio – KIT device, ID badge, lone worker app.

Arrange social activities or meet-ups for your lone workers

A workplace with positive relationships is a happy workplace. By encouraging friendships within the workplace, you can improve your business and boost the wellbeing of your staff. Social activities or meet-ups will encourage lone workers to interact with one another and create friendships. Since they are all lone workers, they will be able to relate to one another. They’ll begin to feel that they’re not actually alone!