Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hazards Often Missed

Originally printed in the Guelph Business Venture Magazine - December 2009

As recommended by the Conference Board of Canada, businesses that wish to succeed and prosper in today’s economy need to start to include psychosocial issues in their policies and programs. Organizations that identify and correct the psychosocial issues in the workplace will experience fewer injuries, less sick time, less benefit claims, and will see an increase in productive, healthy and happy employees.

Psychosocial hazards are workplace stressors or work organizational factors that can threaten the mental or physical health of employees. Examples your organization may identify with include; work overload and time pressures, lack of influence or control over job, lack of social support from supervisor or co-workers, lack of proper training or lack of any training to properly perform the job, to little or too much responsibility, ambiguity in the job responsibilities, lack of status, rewards and appreciation, discrimination, harassment or bullying by co-workers or supervisor, poor communication, lack of respect for the employee and the work they do.

Two of the most significant job stressors seen today are high job demands and low job control. In today’s fast paced society, businesses cannot be successful without making high demands on employees occasionally; but organizations must remember that with the high demands needs to come appropriate control over how an employee performs their job and appropriate rewards, appreciation and support for a job well done.

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