The leaders of some of NSW’s biggest businesses have committed to significantly improve the mental health in their workplaces. The pledge came as more than a hundred business leaders, mental health experts, and representatives of government came together for the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Summit.
Input from the summit will inform government strategy, and enable NSW businesses to reduce the causes, impact and severity of mental health in their workplaces. NSW aims to reduce serious work-related injuries and illnesses, including mental illnesses, by 30 percent by 2022.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said a recent analysis of current workplace mental health initiatives found they delivered strong and positive outcomes both for NSW businesses, and for their employees. However, Mr. Kean said much of this potential benefit was being lost, because too many businesses didn’t have a dedicated mental health strategy.
“Businesses that invest in workplace mental health promotions can get a return of more than $4 for every $1 invested from reduced absenteeism and better productivity. But with nearly half of all businesses having no measures in place to specifically address mental health in the workplace; it’s clear that we can do more to support employees.”
Mental Health minister Tanya Davies said her government was committed to improving mental health right across the state, and that businesses needed to make a similar commitment. “Mental illness does not discriminate and can touch the lives of people anywhere, which is why prevention and early intervention strategies are key, and the workplace should not be an exception.”
Recent NSW government-commissioned research showed that less than 25 percent of businesses have measures that specifically address mental health.
Mental Health in the Workplace – What are you legal obligations as an employer?
Mentally healthy workplaces are as important to employees as those that are physically safe. However, employers are often not meeting their legal obligations because they aren’t clear of what they mean in practice.
Watch a full recording of our webinar below to find out more.
Brian Jackson, Special Counsel, explains exactly what your legal obligations are, and how you can address them in a practical and compliant way. Sarah O’Leary shows us how organisations can identify, improve and manage workplace mental health.