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Why you should care about the mental health of your workplace?

Monday, November 21, 2016

A mentally healthy workplace reduces costs 

  • Mental health conditions which are left untreated, cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims.
  • Other effects of a mentally unhealthy workplace include poor morale and staff engagement, high staff turnover and potential penalties for breaches of work health and safety legislation.
  • The business’s reputation is also at risk among potential clients, customers and employees. 

So what makes a workplace a mentally healthy one? 

  • Mentally healthy workplaces often share the following common factors: 
  • They have a positive culture where everyone feels supported and valued 
  • Mental health risks such as stress, heavy work load and communication are managed effectively 
  • Those suffering from mental health conditions are supported 
  • They have a zero tolerance approach for all discrimination 

Some Facts: 

  • Approximately 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Anxiety and depression being the most common and often experienced during their prime working years.
  • At any given time, around one in five Australian employees is experiencing a mental health condition, making it imperative for organisations to take action to promote good mental health practices in the workplace and support those employees.
  • Around 90% of employees think mental health is an important issue for businesses, but only 50% believe their workplace is mentally healthy. 

Creating and promoting a mentally healthy workplace doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Actevate has tailored references and solutions which can help your organisation become mentally healthy, and reduce costs. Contact us today to see how we can help. 


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