Investing in your Employees Mental Health

Employers should never underestimate the value of investing in their employees’ health and safety. Many companies recognise the importance of physical health and safety but neglect workers mental health and wellbeing. Now there is a new landmark campaign that aims to tackle this issue.

The campaign launched by Beyondblue aims to make workplaces more mentally healthy by encouraging employers to be more proactive in tackling mental health issues.

A recent PWC report indicated that Australian businesses will receive an average return of $2.30 for every $1 they invest in an effective workplace mental health strategy. In other words investing in worker’s mental health will translate into a financial return for those companies wise enough to do so.

The campaign by Beyondblue has been launched in conjunction with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

The following excerpt from a post on SafetyCulture.com.au explains more:

beyondblue.jpeg.pagespeed.ce.zp_Im9m_imChairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said the report provides a compelling case for businesses to back a campaign called Heads Up which will give businesses practical advice on the importance  of mental health in workplaces.

“This report shows that employers have a responsibility not only to their workers, but also to their businesses’ profitability, to tackle these conditions at work. Heads Up will provide them with a tailor-made Action Plan to do this and helps ensure that Australia’s 11.5 million workers receive the support they need to be mentally healthy and productive,” he said.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/campaign-promote-mental-health-workplaces-launched/

Later on this year the campaign will also introduce an Action Plan that will facilitate a more customised mental health plan for each workplace, because after all each work site is different and presents its own risks and mental health threats. The post on SafetyCulture.com.au goes on to explain:

In June, an Action Plan will be introduced on Heads Up website to allow businesses to create tailor-made mental health plans to implement in their workplaces to ensure they are progressing towards workplaces that are as mentally healthy as possible.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/05/campaign-promote-mental-health-workplaces-launched/

Sadly mental health issues are commonly misunderstood and are an often ignored aspect of worker wellbeing, hopefully this campaign will go a long way in enlightening employers on the importance of addressing mental health issues by also highlighting the financial benefits for them of doing so, after all most companies are driven purely by profit and worker safety and wellbeing takes a back seat to profits.

Mentally healthy workplaces deliver higher productivity levels, improve workforce participation and increase social inclusion in addition to improving the company’s bottom line. Seldom do we consider the consequences of ill mental health on individuals, the family unit, the business, communities and the economy, despite the fact that these consequences are far reaching and profound, obviously warranting greater attention, especially from employers and co-workers, let’s hope this campaign will help in changing this relaxed attitude toward worker mental health.

Equally important as worker mental health is physical health and wellbeing. Much of a worker’s physical wellbeing is dependent upon their own actions but it is also affected by the actions of other workers in site. It is for this reason that general construction safety training is such a crucial requirement.

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