EAP Articles

Modelling healthy habits at work

Positive change in the workplace starts with management. Don’t just tell your staff what behaviours and habits you’d like to see – show them.

Whether you want to encourage habits that improve physical health and wellbeing, prevent burn out, or foster effective communication, the best way to influence your staff’s behaviour is to change your own. By modelling healthy and constructive habits in the workplace, your staff are more likely to adopt these behaviours for themselves.

Here are 7 healthy habits to keep in mind every day:

Switch off.

Communicate […]

Promoting a Healthy Work-Life Balance

When employees don’t maintain a healthy work-life balance, their productivity at work is reduced. They are also more likely to burn out due to stress, and to suffer from increased physical and mental health issues.

As an employer, you can play a big role in promoting a healthy work-life balance.

The support of employers in implementing policies, setting expectations, and creating an environment that allow for a healthy work-life balance is crucial for staff members to be able to achieve this balance.

Consider these strategies to get the right balance […]

When is it time to reach out?

REACH OUT when you notice significant changes in behaviour, mood or appearance that last MORE THAN TWO WEEKS. 

Consider whether the changes you have noticed are due to a MENTAL HEALTH issue, remembering that mental health SYMPTOMS WILL DIFFER between individuals.

INTERVENE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

Opening up a mental health conversation with a colleague you are worried about can be vital in encouraging help-seeking and early intervention. Given that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44, these conversations can, in some cases, be life-saving […]

Building an Emotionally Strong Workforce

Resilience is the ability to cope with stress, and “bounce back” from difficult times.

In a workplace context, resilience can be translated to mean the ability to maintain positivity, balance and wellbeing under the pressure of deadlines, setbacks, difficult relationships and organisational change.

Employers should look for qualities of resilience when hiring, and encourage resilience building amongst their staff.

How does resilience work? Positive Psychology and Resilience

It’s simple really. Positive Psychology teaches us that a person with an abundance of positive emotion can use this positivity in times […]

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

Every year over 65,000 Australians attempt suicide, and suicide is the leading cause of death for 15 – 44 year olds (Black Dog Institute, 2018).

Managers can play a crucial role in supporting the emotional needs of their staff, assisting employees to access professional help, and thereby helping to averting the risk of suicide. Here are some tips to help you know how to provide the right kind of support.

Recognise the Warning Signs

Employees at risk of suicide may demonstrate a number of warning signs. By familiarising yourself with these behaviours you will be better […]