New service provides much needed support for colleagues who've experienced violence at work
A report from City, University of London, and funded by the Co-op, last week stated that a rise in violent retail crime is causing “long-lasting anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder” among workers in the retail sector. With more than 42,000 assaults or threats recorded last year the report says that all too frequently shop workers are suffering physical injuries, as well as chronic and life changing mental health consequences of violence, such as long-term anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
This is precisely the reason that GroceryAid launched its new Workplace Critical Incident Support earlier this year. Whether it be a violent incident in a local shop or an industrial accident on the factory floor, the service is there to help grocery colleagues deal with the aftermath of trauma. After an initial telephone assessment, professional counsellors will visit site to run either group or 1-2-1 sessions to provide practical advice and tools the help individuals manage their feelings and emotions.
Launched in June the service has received extremely positive feedback from the companies who have used it so far.
To access Workplace Critical Support call the GroceryAid Helpline on 08088 021 122