Not giving up on your MATES
New Zealand is undergoing a bit of a cultural shift regarding mental health.
While it is still a massively complex problem, with far too many people still taking their own lives, the rhetoric is beginning to soften away from the Kiwi-ism that is “Harden up, mate”.
However, some workplaces – especially in those stereotypically rugged or ‘in-the-trenches’ industries – haven’t been quick to evolve their cultures to a more empathetic place.
Which is why Director of Emendas, Emma Jeffery, engages with MATES in Construction.
She deals with clients predominantly in construction and manufacturing industries, and sees first-hand some of those industries’ prevalent challenges.
“They’re working long hours. The job is quite physically demanding and out in the elements.
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