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There’s no doubt that mental health issues in the workplace can be costly.
For organisations, these costs can be measured in days off work, staff turnover, poor quality work and lack of employee engagement – often known as ‘presenteeism’.
For employees, there’s the personal anguish which can take its toll and lead to loss of a job and income, or worse.
There’s also a recognition that organisations that take care of their employees are attractive places to work. Building a more resilient workforce and creating a positive workplace culture can enhance the reputation of the organisation. It might even make an organisation more profitable.
Figtree Conference Centre has recently hosted a number of mental health training sessions for organisations keen to prepare their managers and workforce to deal with these issues. In this article, we discuss why mental health issues in the workplace are a concern and what you can do about it.
Mental illness touches us all.
Many workplaces are getting involved by supporting initiatives like R U OK Day.
Some organisations are recognising the importance of organising training programs for their managers and supervisors on how to recognise signs of mental health distress. They also learn how to take measures to prevent the problem occurring the first place and how to offer help to their staff.
Many organisational leaders are seeing the benefits of nurturing their staff. They’re also understanding the costs of not taking responsibility and putting in place appropriate measures to help their employees.
Lucinda Brogden, AM recently spoke at Flourish Australia about the importance of building stronger communities and workplaces. Mrs Brogden is Chair and Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission.
In a recent newspaper article, Ms Brogden described her view of how mental health is currently dealt with in Australian workplaces:
“What we find across the board when we deal with organisations is, they understand they have an obligation, they are just not as clear as what they have to do to meet that obligation.
“We need to educate them, support them in initiatives, provide risk assessment support and treatment support.”3
According to leading consultants PwC, the return on investment (ROI) of better workplace practices around mental health are real and significant. Partnering with Beyond Blue, they produced a report: Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace
These were some of the report’s findings:
To gain the benefits, an organisation’s leaders must be committed to improving the culture and mental health of their organisation.
For over 60 years, Flourish Australia has been a strong advocate for people with a lived experience of mental health. They’re a specialist in building inclusive workplaces and communities where mental health and well-being thrives.
The organisation now runs specialised training workshops, leadership mentoring and implementation of peer support or programs to help organisations create healthier workplaces.
Their training programs will help your team better understand mental health, know your duty of care and build your organisation’s capacity.
Learn more about Flourish’s workplace mental health training here or call our training coordinator on 02 9393 9000.