Trucking HR Canada, with support from the Ontario provincial government has announced a new project focused on mental health in the trucking and logistics industry.
Spanning two years, the new initiative will work to increase understanding among trucking and logistics employers on the importance of psychological health in the workplace; and, develop practical and relevant resources and tools to support employers in addressing employee mental health.
“Mental health in the workplace is an important, emerging priority among trucking and logistics employers.” Says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “This project enables us to focus on the development of tools tailored to the needs of trucking and logistics’ employers in supporting workers dealing with mental health issues.”
In any given week, 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to a mental health issue, and the cost of a disability leave is about twice the cost of a leave due to physical illness. And a U.S. study showed that truck drivers are more prone to depression and anxiety than other occupations due to the time alone and away from home. At a time when driver recruitment and retention is top of mind for many employers, these practical supports can assist employers with better managing their driver workforce.