If you are a business owner, you realize that your employees are one of the most prized assets. Working towards a healthy and safe atmosphere will not only enhance your company’s culture, but also its efficiency.
As such, it’s important to include a program within the human resources department that focuses on mental health and the possibility of violence, as well as on the risk of employee suicide.
According to studies, it is American laborers, janitors, factory workers, equipment operators, those in the fishing trade, health care providers, veterinarians, farmers and law enforcers that have the highest rates of suicide. Nonetheless no industry is immune to the risk.
Here are some important tips from the commercial insurance and workers comp experts on suicide prevention at the workplace.
The 3-Point Suicide Risk Management Program
- Establish a workplace that promotes unity, communique, and connection.
This involves a work atmosphere that encourages supportive interaction between one another.
- Learn about the risks.
Train supervisors and employees how to recognize and help those workers that have been through trauma and may be more prone to suicidal thoughts.
- Formulate a plan of action in the event of an actual suicide occurrence.
Unfortunately, even with the above two preventive measures in place, the risk of an employee suicide exists. If such tragedy does occur at your place of work, everyone can be affected adversely. This is the time when trained grievance counselors and their services should step in.
Insurance experts hail business risk management as a major component in their guidelines. For more information about the issue of suicide at the workplace, see advice from the online Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
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Summary: Did you know more Americans die from suicide than car collisions or other means? Prime Insurance focuses on suicide prevention in the workplace in this important blog.