Workplace stress is becoming widely recognised as a major workplace health and safety risk factor. It can have a negative ripple effect throughout an organisation, potentially causing harm to employees, hindering business operations and fuelling a toxic workplace culture.
Leaders and managers play a central role in mitigating the risks of workplace stress and promoting a mentally healthy workplace. Under various legislation, employers are also legally responsible for ensuring that the working environment does not cause psychological or physical injury or worsen an existing condition. Employers can be held personally liable for failing to provide a safe workplace.
Prevention and early intervention are crucial. Cultural reviews and professional training and development programs can inform, educate and support leadership to identify and address work-related psychosocial hazards, such as:
unreasonable job demands and low role clarity
poor management and inadequate support
poor workplace communication and relationships
poor organisational change management
workplace bullying and harassment
violence, trauma or abuse
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With the right support, leaders and managers can cultivate a positive, healthy workplace culture that promotes mental wellbeing and brings out the best in people’s morale and productivity. Research also shows that a mentally healthy workplace can, on average, result in a positive return on investment.
WorkPlacePLUS provides a range of support services to help you mitigate the risks of workplace stress and promote a mentally healthy workplace. These include cultural reviews, training and development programs, organisational change, workplace investigations, employee assistance programs and more.
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