Healthy workplaces promote mental health and wellbeing. They are positive and productive, and get the best out of everyone in the workplace. Businesses that care about good mental health and wellbeing attract and keep top talent because they’re great places to work. The facts are clear: as well as benefiting employees, a mentally healthy workplace is also better for your bottom line.

 

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A healthy workplace provides a positive ROI

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

These benefits are derived from a reduction in presenteeism (reduced productivity at work), absenteeism, and compensation claims.

The Heads Up ROI tool helps you calculate the potential cost savings of taking action to create a mentally healthy workplace, based on your business size and industry.

 


Staff will be more engaged

Investing in creating a more mentally healthy workplace is beneficial to all staff. As a result, employees will be more engaged, more motivated, morale will be higher and staff will be more willing to go above and beyond the requirements of their role.

All of this will add even more to your return on investment and makes for a happier and healthier workplace that will retain good staff.

"Employees are the organisation's most important asset. You need to maintain your assets."


 

Employees care about mentally healthy workplaces

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Being known as a workplace that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing can make you an employer of choice.

This can then assist in:

  • recruiting and retaining the best and brightest people
  • increasing staff morale and engagement.

Research by Instinct and Reason (PDF) 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 follow certain legislative requirements.

Both employers and employees have formal rights and responsibilities under anti-discrimination, privacy, and work health and safety legislation.

 


 

The positive social impact

Through a mentally healthy workplace employers can improve the quality of life of employees and their families.

Workplaces that are inclusive of people with a mental health condition can increase their participation in the workforce and positively influence community attitudes towards mental health.

 


 

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