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Barriers to Frontline Employees Safety and Wellbeing

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Barriers to Frontline Employees Safety and Wellbeing

Frontline Teams are prioritised by organizations, yet often face health and safety challenges. Statistics reveal concerning workplace injuries and mental health issues. A 2020 CIPD survey indicates a decline in mental wellbeing. This decline, coupled with the loss of 38.8 million working days annually due to illness, underscores the need for improved support. In this blog, we discuss challenges and solutions for enhancing the mental and physical health of deskless employees

The barriers to frontline teams safety and wellbeing

When considering the stats and the impact of COVID, reducing injury and enhancing mental health becomes challenging. Furthermore, reaching frontline teams complicates matters, amplifying the challenge

Their environment

Frontline teamsface greater safety challenges due to their roles and communication barriers. They work in diverse locations and shifts, lacking consistent access to information like desk-based colleagues.

They rely on line managers to relay messages, leading to:

  1. Varying importance ratings and conveyance by managers.
  2. Uncertainty if messages were received or effectively portrayed by distributors.
  3. Difficulty in urgent communication due to staggered distribution methods.
  4. Limited feedback opportunities for employees.

Dependency on third-party communication is unreliable, impacted by numerous variables, hindering speed, effectiveness, and responsiveness

The perception of Frontline Employees

While environmental factors pose communication challenges and jeopardize remote workers’ safety, perception acts as a significant, invisible obstacle. Frontline teams perception of the company, managers, and senior leadership profoundly influences their behavior. Employee decisions stem from personal motivations; disengagement raises risks, such as neglecting safety notices or overlooking mental health concerns. Additionally, organizations face a two-way perception dilemma. Remote workers, however, often face isolation and disregard compared to office-based peers, fostering an ‘us versus them’ culture. Addressing these perceptions is crucial to preventing discord and ensuring employee satisfaction and company profitability

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Daniel Wright

Marketing Executive

Passionate in helping internal communicators reach and engage their organisation’s employees. 

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