This week’s National Men’s Health Week, led by the Men’s Health Forum, focuses on men’s health at work. People who work spend a significant proportion of their lives in the workplace, and men are twice as likely to work full-time as women, so generally spend even longer in the workplace than their female counterparts. Therefore it is vital that men’s health is protected at work as it is often here that the first signs of mental or physical distress become apparent.
Not only do men generally spend longer in the workplace than women, but, on the whole, they wait longer before going to see a doctor with a health condition, so it’s easy to see how mental and physical health conditions are at risk of going unchecked.
Understandably, many managers feel uncomfortable broaching the subject of a person’s health with them for fear of causing offence, and mental health issues can be particularly difficult to talk about. However, employers do have a duty of care towards employees, which means that they need to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. Fostering an open environment in the workplace, in which people feel confident about voicing their health concerns, and promoting the health of staff through wellness programmes, is a good place to start.
If you’re looking for information about health and work, why not take a look at the resources on the Health for Work Adviceline website, blog or knowledge base to find out more about keeping your organisation healthy and productive?