Housing Staff

Stress and Burnout

Workplace stress has an adverse effect on workers' mental health, with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and can lead to burnout. Job burnout is a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. It is important for employees and employers to play in role in promoting healthy workplace habits to avoid burnout.

Some of the signs and symptoms that an employee experiencing burnout may exhibit include:

  • Reduced efficiency and energy
  • Lowered levels of motivation
  • Increased errors
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Increased frustration
  • Self-medication with alcohol and other substances
Bullying

Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could psychologically or 'mentally' hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Sometimes, bullying can involve negative physical contact as well. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade, or humiliate a particular person or group of people. It has also been described as the assertion of power through aggression

Effective Management

It is important for Managers to effectively manage housing staff to have a highly functional work environment that promotes workplace well-being and job satisfaction.  Some benefits of effective management are; highly motivated employees, increased job satisfaction, and employee retention.

Illegal Drug Activity

Housing staff can take steps to avoid illegal drug use, or drug trafficking within your housing units. Staff could conduct regular foot patrols, respond to complaints, conduct building and community safety audits, take notes of any observed illegal activity, and encourage information sharing. It is encouraged for employers to identify training for staff that includes an understanding of mental health and addiction issues, behavioural issues, and conflict resolution.

Mental Health/Suicide Prevention

First Nations people are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than the average Canadian, while we only make up roughly 5% of the population. The provision of resources and education related to mental health issues can have a positive effect on those in crisis. By creating and fostering a community of care, we can help to end the stigma around mental health and suicide which could lead to an end of individuals ‘suffering in silence’.

Vandalism

Here are some tips to help protect your rental properties from vandalism.

Keep your property tidy:

  • Keeping the exterior looking tidy gives the impression that the property is being lived in which can help prevent vandals.
  • Property owners should tend to the grass and gardens, keep sidewalks shovelled, remove leaves from the gutters, and gather up mail and flyers.

Maintain good lighting:

  • Outdoor motion sensor lights and having some interior lights on can give the illusion that someone is in the house.

Install cameras:

  • Having cameras allows you to monitor activity on your premises.

Consider shrubbery or fencing:

  • Greenery and fences can make it more difficult for vandals to reach your property.

Get a security system:

  • Alarm systems can be a great deterrent of vandals, and in case of a break-in it will alert security personnel.

Regularly inspect the property:

  • Visit the property often but not on a predictable schedule to give the impression that someone lives on the property.

Get vacancy insurance coverage

Consider break-resistant glass