Why should your business take action on mental health? Here are some compelling reasons.

A mentally healthy workplace reduces costs

Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims.

Other effects of a mentally unhealthy workplace include poor morale and staff engagement, high staff turnover and potential penalties for breaches of work health and safety legislation.

The business’s reputation is also at risk among potential clients, customers and employees.

A mentally healthy workplace provides a positive ROI

Research by Pricewaterhouse Coopers has shown that for every dollar you spend creating a mentally healthy workplace will, on average, have a positive return on investment (ROI) of 2.3.

A mentally healthy  workplace is valued by employees

Taking a proactive approach to mental health builds your reputation as an employer of choice, helping you recruit and retain the best and brightest people.

Research by Instinct and Reason found that three-quarters of Australian employees say a mentally healthy workplace is important when looking for a job.

 

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A mentally healthy workplace makes legal sense

When it comes to workplace mental health, employers must comply with certain legislative requirements. These include:
  • discrimination – The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 requires employers to ensure workplaces do not discriminate against or harass workers with a disability, which includes mental health conditions. Employers are also required to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of workers with mental health conditions. Find out more
  • work health and safety – Work health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure (as reasonably practicable) that workplaces are both physically and mentally safe and healthy. Employees also have a responsibility for their own physical and mental health and safety. Find out more
  • privacy – Privacy legislation requires employers to ensure personal information about a worker’s mental health status is not disclosed to anyone without that person’s consent. Find out more
  • fair work – Employers are required under Commonwealth industrial law to ensure a workplace does not take any adverse action against a worker because of their mental health condition. Find out more