With 45% of Australians experiencing mental ill health at some time in their life, chances are you or someone you work with is impacted by mental distress. Extensive research into Australian organisations has proven an increase in productivity and profitability in workplaces that are mentally healthy and supportive. They have also seen a marked reduction in errors, accidents and absenteeism, which in turn boost employee morale and overall wellbeing.
- 4 million Australians are affected by complex mental ill health
- 25% of workers take time off for stress
- Workers with psychological distress have 154% less productivity
- 74% of people with mental ill health experience stigma
- Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year
Even more benefits
A mentally healthy workplace is valued by employees. A proactive approach to mental health improves employee satisfaction and retention and builds your reputation as an employer of choice. PWC research shows $2.30 is the average return on investment for every $1 invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace. By taking the initiative, you’ll not only make your company a better place to work, you can help make it more productive and profitable. And that’s just good business.
Build your Workplace Wellness
In Australia we live and work among people of different cultures and backgrounds. This is an important factor in both mental health and creating a supportive workplace environment. If any of your consumers, clients or employees are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, you should consider cultural awareness training for your organisation.For a truly mentally health and supportive workplace, your managers and employees need to understand the experiences of people living with mental ill health, their needs and the impact of positive working environments on the recovery process. A happy workplace makes for motivated employees and a healthy bottom line.