There are lots of simple things everyone can do to make a mentally healthy workplace. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and you can engage all the team to make it happen.

  1. Smart work design
  • Establish flexible working hours.
  • Address workplace culture of when, where and how you work.
  • Involve staff in deciding how work is performed. Listen to people’s ideas about how to get their work done.
  • Monitor staff workloads.
  • Ensure your physical work environment is safe and encouraging.
  1. Building personal resilience
  • Provide stress management and resilience training for those in high-risk jobs, such as emergency service workers exposed to significant levels of trauma or stress.
  • Use evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Provide and encourage regular physical activity opportunities like lunchtime yoga, jogging or meditation.
  • Encourage mentoring and coaching
  1. Building better work cultures
  • Learn how to have conversations with people you’re concerned about and encourage all staff to look out for each other.
  • Provide mental health education to the whole team.
  • Reduce stigma. Speak openly about mental health conditions.
  • Ensure senior staff are engaged in mental health promotion and providing a safe and positive workplace.
  • Implement a mental health policy including zero tolerance of bullying and discrimination.
  1. Increasing awareness of mental health
  • Provide access to mental health information. Leave brochures about mental health on team notice boards.
  • Talk openly about mental health at work.
  • Participate in events like RU OK Day.
  • Conduct mental health awareness programs and mandatory training.
  • Include mental health development in staff induction and development.
  1. Supporting staff recovery from mental illness
  • Provide supervisor training on how to support workers recovering from mental illness and stressful life events.
  • Facilitate flexible sick leave.
  • Modify duties and work schedules when appropriate.
  • Provide a supportive environment and ensure no discrimination or bullying occurs.
  1. Early intervention
  • Encourage staff to seek help early.
  • Consider wellbeing checks once appropriate supports are in place.
  • Provide mental health training so staff can support each other.
  • Provide a peer support program for staff.

For further support & advice contact EAP Assist