Ebb&Flow have been working with a number of construction giants pre and post Covid-19, to develop, educate and enhance the wellbeing services within their companies.
We have covered areas such as suicide prevention, provided pre-shift warm up training and one to one sessions covering nutrition for a manual workforce, as well as educational lunch & learns on mindfulness which include guided breathing among a variety of other topics. We also facilitate on-site training courses to reduce the injury rate associated with manual handling and host workshops with approachable psychologists to help reduce the stigma of mental health in construction. We concentrated on a number of the main causes of injury, illness and death in the construction industry to create a collection of tailored projects for our clients, as outlined below:
Surprisingly, the number one risk in the construction industry isn’t physical but mental. We are passionate about the need to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in this sector – the evidence speaks for itself and demonstrates how much work there is still to do here. Fact: according to the Office of National Statistics* out of 10,688 people in-work suicides reported from 2011–2015, 1,047 worked in the construction industry, comprising just over 13% of the overall figures and the highest suicide rate of any profession.
Working with the Health & Safety Managers we were tasked to deliver talks, educate and equip the workforce with skills from our specialists in this area. Here are a few of the subjects we covered using talks, workshops and webinars…
Physical Wellbeing For Manual Labour
Manual materials handling comprise those tasks that involve lifting, holding, carrying, lowering, pushing and pulling materials and material loads. While there are a variety of injury types associated with this subject, the most common is soft tissue damage, i.e. damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, cartilage etc.
Did you know? Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability world-wide (est. 540 million) according to the LANCET.
Exhaustion & Stress
While exhaustion itself isn’t generally something that’s attributed as the primary reason for accidents or injuries, it is a factor that underlies many construction site incidents.
New Ways Of Working
Millions of people are working from home for the first time due to the coronavirus outbreak. So for those of us with a new regime of working remotely, how do we stay productive and keep our spirits up? Not spending a significant amount of time in an office environment anymore means we’re not getting the positive reinforcement you’d normally rely on from body language and the ‘community vibe’ from being all together in an office.
Transitioning Back To Work
It is understandable that people are anxious about returning to work in this climate and we have already seen how employers are likely to face issues in this area specifically. It’s a fearful time, the fear of the unknown and learning new regulations and rules can cause deep stress within the team.
Explore the concept of a fixed vs growth mindset, to understand why we think we can improve in some areas of life while in others we are happy to resign ourselves to the fact that we are not ‘that type of person’.
You’ll learn both how to move towards a growth mindset as well as how you can help others do the same.
The world has irrevocably changed and as we gradually emerge out of lockdown, we are all facing a ‘new normal’, rife with uncertainty and trepidation.
Returning to work will require us to quickly adapt to a host of new rules, restrictions and ways of working and interacting with our colleagues, so we invite you to join us for this interactive workshop that will teach your teams how to harness the power of positivity.
Does the thought of personal finances fill your team with dread? Would they rather bury their heads in the sand than face their money matters? In this 60 minute workshop, we invite you to reframe your attitude and create a positive money mindset that will leave you feeling empowered to take control of your personal finances.