Creating Trauma-informed Workplaces: The Time to Act is Now
Lately, I have been feeling like it’s becoming harder to come up for air –
Lately, I have been feeling like it’s becoming harder to come up for air – we have been completely overwhelmed with legitimate reasons to feel saddened, angry, fearful, shocked, and helpless. In the US in the past few weeks alone, we’ve experienced devastating acts of gun violence, some racially motivated; an escalated campaign to repeal women’s health access; and inflation that is causing financial hardships for so many families. Globally, we are more than three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and are still dealing with the disruption and fear related to the pandemic. The cumulative impact of all these events is devastating. It is no surprise that trauma-related stress is one of America’s fastest growing mental health challenges – and it is time employers start paying attention.
Over the past two years, the number of events that potentially trigger trauma – and the range of people exposed to them through non-stop social media – seems to have jumped exponentially. Chances are, most workplaces will be impacted by employees suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS). Employers need to be better prepared to help.