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Do Employers Ignore Mental Health?

Taking care of the physical and mental health of workers is an obligation that employers have to fulfill; However, more than half of affiliates believe that this factor is not taken care of in their organization, OCC Mundial indicated.

The firm said that the responsibility that falls on employers responds to the fact that a constant load of work activities can, in the long run, lead to fatigue, stress or any other illness that worsens the well-being of workers.

In this context, the Occidental “Labor Thermometer” survey, in its 139th week (January 27 to February 3), asked Mexican workers whether they had mobility or tasks within their jobs that helped them have good mental health. When faced with this question, 59% of participants were sure that no action was implemented,

For their part, 23% mentioned that they have mobility that helps them to have good mental health, 16% commented that there was little action taken by their employers and the remaining 2% said that they would need to move in the short term. will be implemented.

Additionally, when asked what strategies he believes could be implemented in companies to improve mental health, he said:

  • Flexibility in Schedules (50%)

  • Improving the working environment (34%)

  • psychological support (14%)

  • Other actions such as: receiving incentives, improving pay, recognition or access to areas where they can do physical activity (2%)

Compliance with NOM-035

Mexican law considers the obligation to avoid psychosocial risks in workers in NOM-035.

The stated factors (FRS) are anxiety disorders, non-organic disorders of the sleep-wake cycle, and severe stress and adaptation resulting from the nature of job tasks, the type of workday, and severe traumatic events or acts of labor. violence caused by the work done; That is, they affect people’s health through psychological and physiological mechanisms (Article 3, Part XVII, RFSST).

Therefore, according to this document, in order to take actions aimed at taking care of the mental and physical health of employees, companies should:

  • Establish an FRS prevention policy

  • Identify and analyze FRS, trace workers exposed to the traumatic event, or complete related questionnaires to trace them

  • Design and implement action programs with achievable results, and

  • Monitor and evaluate implemented measures

In addition, every two years they must:

  • Identify and analyze psychosocial risk factors

  • to identify a training need and integrate its results into the training programme, and

  • assess the organizational climate

In case of non-compliance with NOM-035, companies can be penalized with fines ranging from 250 to 5,000 times the UMA, which is currently equivalent to 25,405.00 to 518,700 pesos.

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