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Psychological safety in the vehicle recycling industry

Mike Monaghan looks at what impact the COVID-19 pandemic could have on your state of mind and how this, in turn, could affect your vehicle recycling business. 

 

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The Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has left the world with a heightened awareness of the psychological impacts on our mental health and mindset shifts which have taken place during these unprecedented times.

The changes of either working throughout COVID, home working or even furloughed has created for many, a massive shift in attitudes, behaviours, stress and anxiety levels.

These very human aspects can have a profound effect on the performance of a business. Some psychologists are already stating it can have almost a PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) impact. One, which if left unaddressed could have damaging effects for years to come.

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of mental health in the workplace, including wellness, wellbeing and mindset development training.

In business, we can have the best systems, processes and equipment, but if the people operating them are affected then the whole system is compromised.

The world of automotive and collision has been a very male-dominated industry, one in which things like mental wellbeing were largely disregarded or not discussed openly, but those days are gone. Recognising these early is crucial to both employee and employer.

Employees are looking for their employers to provide the support necessary during these times to demonstrate there is some support and the business demonstrates the psychological safety aspects of a caring business, not just the HR route if things go wrong!

People work better when they feel safe to express their fears or stress levels, especially at this time. There is much that employers can do to help their staff cope better with the effects of stress, anxiety and improve the resilience, including performance during the shift to the new way of working in 2020 and beyond. Skills training has always been a stable part of the industry, but now more emphasis on soft skills training is critical to business performance.

Auto-Motivate is the only industry specialist, with over 40 years industry experience providing such courses, ranging from a 1 hour returning to work or working throughout COVID-19 session, to a more detailed 1 day Mindset Development Course, providing the delegate with a complete set of tools and help on dealing with self-control, stress, anxiety, resilience, performance and personal happiness. All course are delivered remotely via the Zoom platform technology.

Please visit www.auto-motivate.com 

You can email Mike at mike@auto-motivate.com or call him on 07496 543555

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