Heads Up Australia | Kochie’s Business Builders | News You Can Use

Heads Up Australia | Kochie’s Business Builders | News You Can Use

It’s likely one in five of your workers is
affected by poor mental health. And untreated mental health problems are a cost to small
business through absenteeism and reduced productivity of employees. But if you take action the benefits
can be profound. A recent study found that a dollar invested in improving mental health
returns an average $2.30. In some industries the returns are substantially higher. In fact,
mentally healthy workplaces are actually more productive and attract higher quality employees.
Now, there are some simple and cost effective actions you can take. Be open about discussing
mental health at work, make sure people understand what their work roles are. Seek input from
staff on workloads and the best ways to get the job done. Provide regular performance
feedback, make information available about mental health support services, and ensure
workload balance isn’t an empty slogan. The first thing to do is head to Heads Up, an
initiative of beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. Go to headsup.org.au

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