Businesses owe a duty of care to their workers to protect their ‘health and safety’ at work. This duty of care is set out by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and includes the obligation to ensure that the psychological health of workers is not put at risk by the work they do, or by the environment within which their work is done.
Recent changes and interpretations of the WHS laws leave no doubt that workplace bullying is considered a risk to the mental health of employees, and that employers are under a legal duty of care to ensure […]
Is your Workplace Mentally healthy?
Employees of mentally unhealthy workplaces are 4 times more likely to take time off due to mental health concerns compared with employees of mentally healthy workplaces*.
So what sort of workplace is yours?
Mentally-Healthy Workplaces prevent harm, provide support and value healthy minds.
A mentally healthy workplace is one which:
protects the mental health of its employees by ensuring that workplace practices don’t create or exacerbate mental health problems.
supports the mental health of its employees with practical advice, training, resources and access to counselling.
actively encourages a culture of openness […]
Australia is the 9th hardest working nation in the OECD, with full-time workers working an average of 43.2 hours per week.*
Spare a thought then, for the 1.7 million Australians working in excess of 49 hours each week.
That’s around 1 in 7 Australians. And knowledge workers are most at risk, typically falling prey to the technological advances which allow them to take work home – advances which have impacted our work culture to such a degree that workers find themselves unable to switch off, and answerable to their work responsibilities at all times.
Depression and anxiety have been shown to be key causes of absenteeism and poor performance in Australian workplaces*. It follows that supporting your employees to regain their mental health makes good business sense. But first steps first – how do you know when your staff might be mentally unwell? What are the telltale signs?
To help you recognise the classic symptoms of anxiety and depression, we have put together the following handy checklists:
Depression is characterised by low mood and depleted energy, a feeling of hopeless about the future and a sense of low personal worth.