Practice 2: Assess and Address Job Strain and Toxic Work Contributors

Reduce environmental aspects of job strain, stress, trauma and life disruption that impact employee vibrancy negatively.

Why is this important and what does this practice entail?

Several work related psychosocial hazards have been connected to suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and/or suicide death. Poor job control, lack of autonomy and work variety can lead people to feeling trapped as people are continually pressured to do more with less. Work-family and family-work conflicts can be very disruptive and distracting. By eliminating or mitigating these hazards, workplaces may decrease the risk of suicide. We can encourage people to seek therapy and take medication to alleviate their despair, but that won’t fix the problem if they are experiencing bullying, harassment, prejudice and discrimination at work. This practice also takes a look at the barriers to help-seeking and help-giving and works to minimize or remove these barriers.

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Action Steps:

1. Take the INPUTS Survey (or similar survey on psychosocial hazards]:

Complete Practice 2 to earn the Job Strain Reduction Badge