Organisations have a duty of care to their employees and that very much includes a mentally healthy workplace. Not only is it that, it's a moral, ethical, and legal requirement.
All workplaces have a duty of care responsibility to their employees no matter who they are.
We are responsible for the wellbeing of our associates, and if we really do care for them, we have to spend some time on, not only their physical wellbeing, but also on their mental wellbeing.
Given that some have a mental health condition, then it's very important that an organisation is aware of how to deal with that effectively and support the people to ensure that they play a key role in their business.
We actually consider our responsibilities about work, health, and safety as a prime importance, and for us that means people's physical, emotional, and mental health wellbeing.
The advantages to any business that takes a holistic approach to occupational health and safety in the workplace is that their organisation will be more productive, and they'll demonstrate a respect for the employees that work there and that their workers' compensation premiums will probably go down as well. It'll have real financial benefits.
Mental health initiatives don't sit on the sideline. They're part and parcel of our holistic people and culture strategy to ensure that we're an employer of choice and a place where people want to come to work.
I know that if every organisation in Australia focused on the well-being and the mental health well-being of their employees, we would have a far stronger society.
Mental health is a really big issue for our community, and workplaces just fit within that. And so, it's critically important that organisations pay attention to the mental health and wellbeing of their employees and do something about it.