Planning your review
To ensure you get an accurate picture of what’s working and where you could improve, you should plan your review process before you start implementing any actions. As part of the planning phase, you should:
1. Identify your business’s specific needs or issues and create a baseline measure for mental health in your workplace
Relevant information or data can come from:
- Feedback from staff. This can be a really valuable way of gaining insights into staff and organisational needs. Feedback may come from individual conversations, suggestions given by staff members, or through staff surveys directly measuring employee mental health.
- Staff meetings, health and safety committee meetings, and organisational audits (looking at existing data and policies)
- Human resources information (rates of absenteeism; uptake of available employee benefits; Employee Assistance Program (EAP) data; workers’ compensation claims; disability statistics; bullying/harassment claims, staff satisfaction survey results)
Having this baseline information means you can use the same measures at different intervals to track your progress.
2. Consider what success or failure looks like for your business
For example, more positive feedback or ratings from staff about the mental health of your workplace, or reduced staff absenteeism within a twelve-month period, might be some outcomes that determine success for you. You'll also need to think about how you’ll measure your progress.