A workplace where mental health and wellbeing is a priority benefits everyone at work.
Every person has a role to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a mentally healthy workplace. While everyone has some responsibility, expectations and standards must be set by leadership.
Safety and health legislation requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, workers and other people are not exposed to safety and health risks arising from being at work.
What are the benefits of a mentally healthy workplace?
While controlling workplace hazards and risks is a legal requirement, there are many benefits to organisations of having a mentally healthy workplace. Benefits include:
- improved worker morale and engagement
- decreased disruptions and costs resulting from work-related harm
- improved performance and productivity
- reduced worker turnover, absenteeism and presenteeism
- enhanced organisational reputation as an employer of choice.
For evidence on the benefits of a mentally healthy workplace including financial, compliance, reputation, and engagement benefits refer to Thrive at Work – Business case.
As the drivers of workplace culture, management and leaders play an active role in leading a mentally healthy workplace. There are three key actions to leading a mentally healthy workplace: