Figure 1. Increasing the health and safety at work for pregnant and post-natal women.
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful aspects of being a woman, but it can also one of the most misunderstood. This is especially true in the workplace where work often comes before people. While this might seem backwards, a competitive corporate environment and many businesses being forced to do more with less resources if they want to turn a profit, has created this type of workplace environment. It can also lead to a lack of health and safety procedures for pregnant and post-natal women in the workplace as can be seen in an example I am about to share with you.
Recently, I met a woman named Sarah who was struggling with being pregnant with her second child and trying to work full time at her job. While this story sounds fairly typical, Sarah’s story has a twist. You see, Sarah’s risk assessment isn’t high enough for others to understand what she is going through and how much more difficult this pregnancy is for her.
Sarah is 32 years old, pregnant with her second child and suffering severe pregnancy sickness just as she had with her first child. Her pregnancy sickness was so severe at times, that she ended up leaving a previous job due to lack of support and understanding from her employers. Now, she is always exhausted, her productivity is suffering and her mood is unstable.
Creating Effective Solutions For Pregnant Employees
Sarah’s employers were becoming frustrated with her lack of productivity, so I sat in on one of her meetings with them to discuss possible solutions. My focus was to increase Sarah’s health, safety and productivity by building open lines of communication and creating sustainable relationships within the workplace. Using the Recognise Ltd risk assessment, I was able to create a new system where Sarah’s medical needs would be met, and where we could reconfigure Sarah’s daily tasks to include jobs which she could perform safely and in a timely manner – factoring in her pregnancy sickness. We also created an area designated for pregnant and nursing mums.
While Sarah was my main focus, these solutions created a safer, healthier workplace for all pregnant employees and led to an improvement in employee and employer satisfaction without having a negative effect on the relationships between employees and managers.
With these new plans implemented, Sarah was so satisfied that she came back to work within 9 month after giving birth. Her managers understood how parenthood and pregnancy affect their employees. By increasing the health and safety at work for pregnant and post-natal women, we were able to increase staff satisfaction and safety of these pregnant women.
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