Keeping employees safe at work is an obligation for every employer – and increasingly organisations are recognising psychological health as a critical aspect of this responsibility.
The Australian Psychological Society is promoting psychological health and wellbeing in Australian workplaces with the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, an initiative which supports organisations to measure their performance and make changes to improve employee wellbeing.
It is evidence-based, meaning the approaches used have been tested and researched to ensure their efficacy.
This research shows the efforts are worth it. Psychologically healthy workplaces have better employee performance and productivity, improved employee satisfaction and retention and fewer workplace conflicts or stress-related compensation claims.
What makes for a psychologically healthy workplace? Role clarity, good morale, regular feedback and supportive leadership are among the factors that psychological research shows help.