Heads Up, a joint initiative ofbeyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, is looking to develop case studies showcasing what organisations are currently doing, or have done, to help make their workplaces more mentally healthy.
By sharing your experiences with us, we hope to produce a case study that will highlight how organisations can approach creating a mentally healthy workplace and encourage and assist organisations to take steps of their own. The benefits of being included as a Heads Up case study
Case studies will be produced in text-based form with some photography and feature prominently on the Heads Up website, which receives around 250,000 unique visits every year. This will bring the achievements of your workplace to a wide audience.
Participating organisations will also have the opportunity to promote their mentally healthy workplace credentials to internal and external audiences with the imprimatur of the Heads Up brand. This will help you build your organisation’s credentials as an ‘employer of choice’.
Organisations will also enjoy the satisfaction of assisting others to improve the mental health of their workplaces with resulting productivity gains and improved experiences for Australian workers.
How to contribute your case study
The following survey questions have been developed to get a really honest account of the strategies you employed, the challenges you faced, the resources you used and the advice you would give similar organisations.
Please answer as many of the questions as you can, as concisely as possible (150 words or less per question). As this information may be made public, please only include information you are comfortable sharing with others.
In section five we ask you to highlight practices you have embedded into your approach. In this section you need only place a tick in the box next to those actions you feel you have done particularly well and we may follow up at a later stage to explore these actions further with you.
If we receive more applications than we’re able to feature, we’ll select organisations based on diversity of organisations due to space limitations.
Your responses will be assessed by beyondblue and any final case study will be sent to you for approval before it is published.
Thank you for considering being a case study on the Heads Up website.
Our work with individuals and businesses across Australia has helped us identify four key steps to creating mentally healthy workplace.
While every organisation is unique, by following these steps, workplaces can identify actions to address specific challenges and priorities.
The four steps are:
- Leadership commitment
- Situation analysis (consider what you are already doing and how it could be improved)
- Development and implementation of a workplace mental health strategy
- Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating.
By sharing some of the things you've learned along the way, these case studies will help other organisations in their own journey to creating a more mentally healthy workplace.
About your organisation
Section one - commitment from leaders to creating a mentally healthy workplace
If you answered 'management', please skip this question.
If you answered 'senior leaders', please skip this question.
Section two - situation analysis (assessing your current situation and developing a plan for improvement)
For example: conducted a staff survey, obtained staff satisfaction feedback through meetings or conversations, undertook an audit of organisational policies, assessed absenteeism rates and bullying, harassment and compensation claims, reviewed Employee Assistance Program data.
For example: convened a working group, or communicated about the project via email, one-on-ones, intranet, other internal communication methods.
Section three - development and implementation of an approach to improve the mental health of your workplace
(for example: set clear goals, identified priority areas, developed an achievable plan, and integrated actions / initiatives into existing day to day activities).
List any information or resources, including Heads Up resources, you found helpful, as well as things that worked well, and why.
Section four - monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating
List any improvements you needed to make to your approach in order to make it more successful. What positive results did you find?
Section five - strategy
Some actions are essential to creating a mentally healthy workplace. We would like to highlight businesses / organisations with particularly strong practices for embedding these actions into their approach.