‘Mango Madness’: Coming soon to a tropical region near you! And no, we don’t mean a passion for eating delicious yellow fruit (although that could be a problem if your office was a tropical island paradise) – we’re talking about a new study that’s connecting the dots between staff sick days, for both mental health and physical reasons, and continued exposure to extreme heat.
The study, conducted by researchers at Charles Darwin University, is revealing that workers who sweat it out in the high temperatures of the hot, wet seasons in tropical regions report significantly poorer mental health than others in cooler environments. They also run a much higher risk of encountering physical safety issues – such as dehydration and over-exhaustion – according to ABC News.
Mango madness has long been suspected to cause anxiety, stress, hostility and depression.
Known as ‘mango madness’ by many residents in Northern Australia, these weather patterns have long been suspected to cause anxiety, stress, hostility and depression. It also leads to more violence and aggression in the workplace, according to sources at ABC News.
But what does this mean as an employer? You may not employ a workforce that operates in tropical regions, but it turns out Mango Madness sheds some very timely light on your duty as an employer – highlighting the need to be aware of critical factors, some of which can affect health, safety and productivity of workers more than others.
Protecting your workers doesn’t have to be hard
Thankfully, protecting your business from mango madness isn’t dependent on the price of delicious fruit. Though extreme weather doesn’t affect every employer, this new research can teach companies across the country a valuable lesson about reducing their sick days and enhancing the morale, motivation and culture of their people in the workplace.
A health safety and compliance strategy is the key to achieving a happy health and motivated workforce.
Environmental conditions can strongly affect the health, safety and wellbeing of your workers, which in turn damages the operational costs, productivity and workmanship on the job. To add insult to injury, it can drop the quality of vital practices and standards that ensure your company is 100 per cent compliant with the legal safety obligations of your industry.
All of these problems are costly, and if left unchecked, all of them can spell an early end to your operations. Whether it’s climate conditions or another hazard specific to your industry, a comprehensive health safety and compliance strategy is the key to achieving a happy health and motivated workforce – across all of the seasons – not just those involving mangoes.
How To Safeguard Worker Health – Starting Now
When it comes to health, safety and compliance, in all conditions and environments, the best reaction is prevention. Thankfully there are many easy steps you can take to instantly start decreasing the sick days of your workforce, stopping injury rates in their tracks and protecting your business from HR risks.
In order to address concerns, measures must be put in place that minimise the risk of workplace injury or an increase in employees’ mental health issues. Here are some tips for employers that will help keep your workforce engaged, productive and stress-free:
- Invest in WH&S training: The best way to avoid problems is by including relevant training modules in your staff onboarding process. It means all workers are equipped from day 1, and also ensures you meet your industry compliance obligations.
- Monitor employees’ mental health: Be proactive. Employee surveys, monthly catch-ups and promoting health will all help. If you’d like some fresh ideas from a company who’s leading from the front with their health policies, check out one of our case studies.
- Be mindful of young workers: Young workers are more likely to become injured at work due to inexperience. Many have joined the workforce for the first time – so be mindful and remind them that safety is always priority one.
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