Did you know 1 in 5 working age Australians suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder? Another 1 in 5 will suffer from other mental health issues such as worry, fatigue, sleep problems*
Mental illness is now the leading cause of sick leave and long-term inability to work in the developed world**
Raising awareness of mental health across your workplace and giving your employees useful information is a great place to start creating a mentally healthy workplace.
Benefits include employees performing better at their jobs, taking fewer days off, less conflict, a better working environment for everyone, return on investment to the businesses bottom line.
The first step is getting really clear on what ‘mental health’ means. Read our blog on Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace.
WorkWell is a handy toolkit for employers. Launched in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the new Victorian WorkSafe WorkWell program aims to make mental health and wellbeing a priority in the workplace.
WorkWell Program for Employers
Workwell is an online tool helping you take your first steps towards a positive, mentally healthy workplace. The toolkit brings together resources and ideas that have worked for all kinds of businesses.
Take the first steps on your workplace mental health and wellbeing journey by answering a few questions about your organisation. This information will allow suggested tailored actions and resources that have helped businesses like yours create healthier, more positive workplaces.
The WorkWell Toolkit is designed for business owners, people leaders, human resources and occupational health and safety professionals.
There’s about 26 questions to answer, so it will take around 10 minutes to complete.
We see this as a ‘must’ for all workplaces and encourage you to undertake the survey for your organisation. You can access more information about WorkWell here.
WorkSafe’s Claire Nivarovich, is a guest presenter at our 30th May, 2019 HR Roundtable and will be promoting WorkWell, a toolkit to support and promote mental health and wellbeing of your employees.
* Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2009
** beyondblue & PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2014