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Suicide Rates On The Rise Among U.S. Workers

Promoting social interaction rather than isolation in daily tasks on the job may help with suicide prevention.

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A young volunteer helps set up lights in paper bags decorated with messages for loved ones during an Out of the Darkness Walk event organized by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. VOA

From 2000 to 2016, the U.S. suicide rate among those aged 16 to 64 rose 34 percent, from 12.9 deaths for every 100,000 people in the population to 17.3 per 100,000, according to the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The highest suicide rate among men was for workers in construction and mining jobs, with 43.6 deaths for every 100,000 workers in 2012 and 53.2 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, the analysis found.

The highest suicide rate among women was for workers in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media, with 11.7 fatalities for every 100,000 workers in 2012 and 15.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2015.

“Since most adults spend a great deal of their time at work, the workplace is an important and underutilized venue for suicide prevention,” said study co-author Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC in Atlanta.

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A man works in the war room, where Facebook monitors election-related content, in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

While the study wasn’t designed to prove whether or how specific types of jobs or workplace characteristics might contribute to the risk of suicide, lack of control over employment and a lack of job security can both be stressors that make suicide more likely, Stone said by email.

Many factors outside the workplace can also influence the risk of suicide, including relationship problems, substance use, physical or mental health, finances or legal problems, Stone added.

And ready access to guns and other weapons have a big impact on whether suicidal thoughts turn into actions with fatal outcomes, Stone said.

Guns may explain the higher suicide rates among men than among women, said Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute in Boise, Idaho.

“In America, with ready access to guns, men make the choice of death by gun, but it is the less likely choice by females,” Namie, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Hence, it is possible that in moments of despair that might pass if friends or family could intervene, with a gun handy, the decision is too quickly implemented.”

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To assess suicide rates by occupation, the CDC examined data collected from 17 states in 2012 and 2015.

Data from 17 states

To assess suicide rates by occupation, the CDC examined data collected from 17 states in 2012 and 2015; the results are not representative of the nation as a whole. The results were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Although arts, design, entertainment, sports and media had the highest suicide rates among women, this category saw the biggest increase in suicide rate among men during the study. For women, the biggest increase in suicide rates was in the food service industry.

One limitation of the study is that it didn’t examine suicide methods. It also excluded two groups of Americans that typically have stressors that can increase their risk of suicide: military veterans and unemployed people.

Even so, the results suggest that employers can play a role in suicide prevention by offering worksite wellness programs, encouraging use of behavioral and mental health services, and training workers in the warning signs of suicide and how to respond, Stone said.

Also Read: Suicides Can Be Prevented, Says Expert Through Government Policies

Promoting social interaction rather than isolation in daily tasks on the job may also help with suicide prevention, along with creating a workplace culture of inclusion that does not allow for abusive conduct or bullying, Namie said.

The road to suicide begins when one employee begins a “systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction against another employee,” Namie said. “Bullying is the most preventable predictor of suicide.” (VOA)

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Enhance your Workplace Etiquette with Business Communication Skills Training

An understanding of corporate communication serves as a key ingredient in your professional growth

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Thus, improving your command on soft skills is important to land lucrative jobs. Pixabay

Amid the ever-growing requirements of technical proficiency, proper communication stands out as one of the most desired soft skills within every industry. While pitching a new idea to your manager or presenting final outcomes to the team, your technical skills should align with your verbal, written, and presentation skills. There are multiple courses that directly target your hard skills; however, soft skills do not enjoy the same privileges in traditional classroom-based learning. Workplace.

According to LinkedIn’s Future of Skills (Apac) report, 89% of executives say that it is difficult to find professionals with great soft skills. Thus, improving your command on soft skills is important to land lucrative jobs. An understanding of corporate communication serves as a key ingredient in your professional growth. It is an umbrella term that includes your written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, email etiquette, and a lot more. Due to the lack of solutions available in traditional education institutions, individuals are now approaching online learning platforms to improve their command on formal communication. E-learning platforms ensure that people can build effective communication skills required for the 21st-century workplace affordably.

Training inclusions and it’s benefits

Learning new skills and upgrading existing ones is not just essential for scholars, but it is a career growth factor that employees need to focus on as well. In fact, as per the same LinkedIn report, 60% of Indian employees believe that online learning is immensely beneficial for career progression. Additionally, the short-termed and fast-paced nature of online trainings allow people to manage their work and learning simultaneously. 

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According to LinkedIn’s Future of Skills (Apac) report, 89% of executives say that it is difficult to find professionals with great soft skills. Pixabbay

Now, let’s talk about what the business communication training holds in it for you –

  • An introduction to business communication – As business communication is substantially different from informal communication, it becomes extremely essential to strengthen your basics around the same. Through business communication training, you get to learn about the role and importance of communication in a professional setting and understand the different modes of it right from the comfort of your home. By focussing on every minute concept right from scratch, the training prepares you to start your journey with dynamic industries.
  • Essential aspects of communication skills – Proper pronunciation, fluency in speaking, and good listening skills are highly desired in every industry. During important meetings and presentations to clients, a single fumble can sometimes cost you your job. Online trainings allow you to learn various principles and techniques of verbal as well as written communication. It enhances your listening ability and body language and helps you evolve into a professional communicator.
  • Specifics of the formal job application process – Have you ever faced multiple rejections by companies? Do you feel pressurised while communicating with interviewers? If yes, then online communication training is what you need! The training focuses on your sound development and helps you to stand out during the job application process. Moreover, the module teaches you the art of writing the perfect cover letter, resume, and prepares you for group discussions and personal interviews. Without all these skills, accelerating your career is truly difficult. 

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  • Workplace communication – After you successfully land your dream job, proper workplace communication helps you to achieve the desired milestones. Every piece of formal information in a workplace is transmitted through emails. Thus, online trainings help you in enhancing your email writing etiquette, report writing, presentation skills, and navigating communication roadblocks.

Acknowledging your time constraints, online trainings mould you into a professional communicator within a span of a few weeks. Such trainings are divided into multiple modules followed by assessment tests. Various assignments, exercises, quizzes, and a final project that helps you to deploy your learning in real-life scenarios that are relevant to the professional world. Instead of relying on multiple grammar and vocabulary correcting books, individuals are now choosing online trainings owing to their versatile and time-saving nature. Through affordable and accessible audio-visual lectures delivered online, such trainings assist you in polishing your communication skills anytime, anywhere. 

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings, a training platform (trainings.internshala.com)