Protect business productivity: be proactive about workplace mental health
Published 28 November 2018
Business managers may have an enormous blind spot when it comes to productivity – the mental wellbeing of their employees. Here’s why it pays to mitigate this intangible but important risk.
Mental health disorders are now the primary cause of work disability around the world, and Australia shares the second highest prevalence of depressive disorders, at 5.9%, with the United States and Estonia, in the 180 countries surveyed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017. In first place: the politically and economically troubled Ukraine.
Mental health expert Dr Tyler Amell says there are three key actions organisations can take to prevent mental health issues in the workplace.
Take advantage of the digital resources available. Psychometric tools, stress heat maps and gamification modules have been shown to help teams switch off, discreetly access advice and build their resilience.
Use reporting to obtain accurate metrics. Real time absence reporting by managers gives organisations visibility of staff health, fuelling motivation and providing triggers for intervention.
“Mental health first aid programs and initiatives allow the concept of first aid training to extend to mental health concerns so that employers and employees are empowered to provide better initial support to someone who is developing a mental health concern, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis," Toll explained.
“Gallagher Workplace Risk is focused on partnering with organisations to ultimately create a workplace environment that is focused on its peopleas its single most important asset,” she added.
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