Removing the Stigma Around Mental Health
It’s no surprise that work in the construction industry can be dangerous. Working on job sites with power tools and heavy equipment, along with ever-changing conditions, requires that workers remain vigilant to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
At Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI), our number one core value is an uncompromised focus on keeping people safe. We’re thankful to our team members who keep safety top of mind and are proud of the recognitions we’ve received for our safety efforts. However, we knew there was an additional area where we and others in our industry need to focus our attention: mental health struggles within the workforce.
In 2021, we introduced our Culture of Care initiative and since then have worked diligently to bring mental health to the forefront of our safety and wellness mindset. This includes adding mental health check-ins to our daily operational risk management (ORM) process on every job site, every day. In addition, we implemented Time to Recharge, an additional two hours off per month to encourage team members to take time away from work to focus on their wellbeing – body, mind and soul. We were proud to recently receive the Platinum Bell Seal certification for Workplace Mental Health by Mental Health America for our proactive approach to employee wellbeing, but we know there is still work to be done.
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and at FTI we’ve been sharing additional mental health messages with our team each week to continue to raise awareness and remove the stigma around talking about mental health. Through additional resources, along with our Culture of Care champions located at our sites around the country, we’re working to ensure our team members know about and have access to the help they and their families may need for their holistic wellbeing.