Mental health support in the workplace
No two workplaces are the same. If you’re a trucking company, a library, a government department or a construction crew, your employees will have unique needs when it comes to workplace health and safety.
Mental health is no different. So for Mental Health Week 2016, we’re offering a curated suite of resources to suit your workplace.
Managing anxiety in the workplace
What do employees say about their workplace mental health support? What can organisations do to foster good mental health at work?
Better Mental Health at Work: We’re in this Together
For some people the workplace can be a minefield of anxiety and stress. A task or situation that’s a ‘sinch’ for you may be spine-chilling for someone else.
Think of a presentation to your CEO. It might make you feel uncomfortable. It might be scary. But for one of your colleagues this situation could trigger their anxiety.
Creating community in our workplace: Everyone benefits
Stress is the second most common cause of workplace compensation claims in Australia, after manual handling. And it’s that time of year when people might be feeling the pressure of juggling end of financial year workplace requirements with school holiday routine adjustments and the winter blues.
Self Awareness: A Skill of Choice
Life outside of the workplace is made up of hobbies, interests, children, partners and friends. The community we create gives our lives meaning and support.
Informal leaders: A path to better workplace mental health
When we come to work we bring our whole self, and there will be times when we are a little below the top of our game. Our workplace interactions, whether with our colleagues or an external party, are necessary and form an integral part of any work we do. Increasing our self awareness can help us to improve our control over how we respond in all interactions.
Understanding mental health at work as a safety issue
When we think of business leaders, names such as Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, Larry Page or Gail Kelly may come to mind. These well-known leaders fulfil their role on a public stage and are known to many.
Make Christmas work for you
Over the past 3 years I’ve had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of employers about their workplace mental health programs.
Why Work is Good for Us – It’s not all about the money
Love it or loathe it, it’s that time of year again, where Carols are piped relentlessly through shop sound systems, shopping centre car parks are jammed, our to-do list seems endless and queues to see Christmas Lights go to eternity.
The way we think about work is broken
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Mind and Body – Inextricably Connected
I’d like to introduce you to Joe. Joe recently started a new job with a successful construction firm with great promotion prospects. He’s excited about this new career opportunity. After a week on the job, Joe broke his leg while playing in a weekend hockey match. He needed an operation to insert screws into the broken bones and a couple of weeks off work for recovery after surgery. He returned to work in a ‘moon-boot’, which had to be worn for several weeks.
A cartoon landed in my inbox recently, which had me chuckling, writes Eliza Oakley, Manager of the Mindful Employer program.
A doctor asks a patient, Have you experienced any stressful situations recently? to which the patient replies, ‘Yes, my stress is called Life’.