Good intentions are no longer enough and it’s time for action, say the game changers in workplace wellbeing. The new era of workplace safety requires managing employees’ psychological as well as their physical safety.
Every October, National Safe Work Month puts the spotlight on workplace health and safety – but in 2018 the campaign is redefining exactly what that means.
The new message from Safe Work Australia (SWA) is clear: safety means psychological as well as physical.
They’ve backed up the month’s messaging with a groundbreaking new guide for employers on workplace psychological health and safety, containing a step-by-step process for managing psychological injury, intervening early and taking preventative action, as well as outlining companies’ legal obligations to provide a mentally healthy workplace.
This guide is the first of its kind to apply a physical risk management framework to psychological welfare, and reflects a major nationwide shift in attitudes to workplace mental health.