Around one in five Australian employees is likely to be living with a mental health condition, which can affect their productivity at work and personal wellbeing. For a small business with a team of 10, that means two people may need additional support in the workplace.
As a small business owner, you may feel you don’t have the resources or expertise to create a mentally healthy working environment or support an employee with a mental health condition. However, the costs of inaction – absenteeism, reduced productivity, high turnover and compensation claims – hit small businesses especially hard.
The good news is that there are a number of simple, effective and low cost actions you can take to create a mentally healthy workplace and support your people.
You can take action in three key areas:
- Raise awareness of mental health conditions and reduce stigma
- Support someone with a mental health condition
- Create a positive working environment
We've provided some helpful tips below to get you started. You can also download the Tips for small businesses PDF.
For more information check out the creating an action plan page on this website to identify priority areas of the business to focus on and engaging employees in the process. Business in Mind, an online resource developed specifically for small businesses, is another useful resource featuring great ideas, case studies and advice from other small business owners.