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Organisational Practices for Wellbeing: How is Australia Doing?
Presented by Associate Professor Eva Kyndt, Dr Tim Bednall and Dr Fiona Brown

Psychological wellbeing in the workplace has received increasing attention over the past few years. This interest has coincided with the findings of the recent Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, which recommended a greater emphasis on supporting psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as the release of the new ISO45003 standard on psychological health and safety at work. In this presentation, we report on a recent nationally-representative survey study that investigated how organisations are addressing psychological wellbeing in the workplace. Specifically, this research looked at policies, practices and systems implemented to promote and address psychological wellbeing, as well as awareness of legislation concerning the responsibilities of employers. We also report on the availability of specific psychological wellbeing services and how they can be accessed by employees. We compare these findings across industries, blue versus white collar roles, and states. Overall, our findings show that compared to physical safety, employees perceive that organisations are doing less to support psychological wellbeing. We outline the implications of these findings for organisations, and the key actions that employers should take to improve the scope and accessibility of wellbeing services.

This study was originally commissioned by Readiness (https://www.readiness.org.au/), a health and wellbeing platform, and research partner of Swinburne University.

Nov 29, 2021 06:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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