Workplace mental health is the new office safety necessity
With most people spending a 1/3 of their life at work, colleagues and employers are best positioned to notice emerging mental health concerns in other employees. Many Australian businesses are recognising the significance of mental health at work, with 96% of 'Best Practice' Australian businesses implementing health and wellness programs in the last year.
In fact, recent research by the Health and Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA) shows that when employers invest in mental health in the workplace, sick leave and absenteeism reduces by 25.3%.
In the lead up to World Day of Safety and Health at Work, Tim Carr, Marathon Health, Training and Engagement Officer, reminds us about the importance of mental health in the workplace.
"Staff must feel physically and emotionally secure in order to perform well. A work environment must foster an equal sense of security and support in order for employees to maintain their wellbeing."
Australians take time off work due to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health considerations, which can have a big impact on businesses and staff alike. Workplace mental health has been shown to boost job satisfaction, fulfilment, and overall team connections when good mental wellbeing is fostered.
Psychological short courses may assist in enhancing the mental health of the workplace by increasing employee awareness, understanding, and empathy for one another and how to deal with a tough scenario if it were to arise.
"Courses like the Optimal Health Program provide people with a greater understanding of how to identify early warning signs of stress and the importance of early-intervention. The program draws upon evidence-based practices that sit within collaborative therapy, positive psychology and wellbeing theory.”
Marathon Health is the only accredited agency in Australia offering the Optimal Health Program. The program supports people to discover the roots of their own wellbeing and learn the tools they need to handle life's ups and downs.
"Employees who are understand how to work through stressful circumstances and how to help co-workers will have a more positive working environment, and as a result, they will be more likely to respect and value each other's mental health," explains Tim.For more information about our mental health training programs, please visit our training page.