A Critical Workplace Issue
As well as compelling legal and moral arguments for fostering mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, there are also strong economic and health related reasons.
A 2014 report for the Australian Government found the evidence below to suggest that mental health and wellbeing needs to be considered a critical workplace issue:
A further one-sixth of the population suffers from symptoms associated with mental ill health such as worry, sleep problems and fatigue, which will still be affecting their ability to function at work
Mental health conditions are costing Australian businesses between $11 and $12 billion dollars each year through absenteeism, reduced work performance, increased turnover rates and compensation claims
Overwhelming evidence indicates that work is generally good for mental health and wellbeing. In an era in which we are working longer, having to adapt to new technologies and work practices as well as be more publicly accountable for performance, focusing holistically on the health of the workforce is important.
More information about why it makes sense to address mental health and wellbeing at work is available at HeadsUp
, which is the website for the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. The Alliance is funded and supported by the Australian Government and includes partners such as Safe Work Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).