In preparation for an introductory call with one of the big banks, I trawled the web looking for information about the state of Health and Safety (H&S) in banks. One thing that struck me were the many tragic headlines that popped up about suicide; drug use; domestic abuse involving people working in the sector. This made me question how banks are tackling the challenge of developing an effective health and safety culture that really cares about the well-being of their employees?
Of course, only a very few tragedies are caused by people’s working environments and the stress and pressure they’re under, but it begs the question…
My assumption is that H&S is not traditionally front of mind for many leaders in an industry that has a very target driven working culture and where people are encouraged to take risks (albeit calculated).
So how can organisations like banks, which are often perceived as having low risk work environments, ensure that their leaders are giving attention to the culture of care they create in their teams? How can they ensure leaders understand the importance of identifying and managing workplace hazards that can cause both physical and mental harm to their people?