Work-related mental health conditions have become a major concern in Australian workplaces.
Mental health can be adversely affected by the following factors in the workplace:
- high job demand
- low job demand
- poor support
- poor workplace relationships
- low role clarity
- poor organisational change management
- poor organisational justice
- poor environmental conditions
- remote or isolated work, and
- violent or traumatic events.
Work-related stress may lead to depression and anxiety and often causes:
- unplanned absences including sick leave
- staff turnover
- withdrawal and presenteeism, and
- poor work and poor product quality.
On Tuesday the 24th, our Consultanz team participated in a workshop about: Why are mental health and fitness important, particularly in the workplace? How can we provide a mentally healthy workplace? And some practical tips for improving our own mental fitness.
This workshop was facilitated by Tamara Baker, Director and Principal Psychologist at Within Consulting. Within Consulting design and deliver workplace psychology and people management solutions to drive well-being for individuals, teams and organisations, and improved performance, and connectivity.
The importance of this workshop was that it drew on psychology and neuroscience as 1 in 5 Australians experience a diagnosable mental illness every year, and around 50% of us will experience it too. However, we can learn the variety of skills that there are to actively improve our mental health, and buffer us during high demands and levels of stress. Workplaces play a crucial role in our well-being, they support it with benefits including improved performance and increased workplace productivity.
There are a number of services available to people who are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious. They include:
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