During the pandemic, companies have faced new challenges as their employees’ well-being, and mental health have suffered following adjustments to unexpected changes. Worries about friends and family, feelings of stress, sadness, confusion and negativity have affected job performance. Social isolation is necessary to control the spread of the virus but the degree to which individuals are interconnected in the workplace, has a powerful impact on their health and wellbeing.
A new white paper authored by DriverMetrics® Research Director, Dr Lisa Dorn, is designed to help managers understand key concepts around mental health and its impact in the workplace. In particular, it focuses on the effect that poor mental health has on driver behaviour and provides practical advice on managing and improving fleet safety.
Dr Dorn said: “A major issue with poor mental health is that impairments in driving performance can occur with slower reaction time, divided attention, slower reaction to changing speeds when following another vehicle, and poor lane positioning. These difficulties are likely to impact drivers’ risk of collision. The good news is that there are practical measures that managers can take to improve well-being when driving for work, and in doing so, improve fleet driver safety’.
‘Improving Driver Well-being: A Guide for Managers’ is now available via free download on the DriverMetrics® website at: resources.drivermetrics.com/wellbeing