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*. 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? Some of the telltale signs are listed below. For a more comprehensive approach, you may also want to look into mental health awareness training for your team.
Depression is characterised by low mood and depleted energy, a feeling of hopelessness about the future and a sense of low personal worth.