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NSW government shines a light on workplace mental health

The NSW government, on World Mental Health Day (10 October), highlighted the importance of workplace mental health and encouraged workplaces in NSW to minimise and prevent psychological harm at work.

“Many of us spend more than a third of our days at work and if the workplace environment has unmanaged risks, including high workloads, exposure to trauma, stress or bullying, work can have a significant impact on what the rest of our lives look like,” says NSW Minister for Work Health and Safety Sophie Cotsis.

“When a workplace addresses psychosocial risks and other factors affecting mental health, it makes it easier to attract and keep great workers and support businesses to thrive.”

SafeWork NSW is encouraging employers to explore the Workplace Wellbeing Assessment digital tool, which can help businesses improve their understanding and management of workplace mental health.

The free tool allows businesses to confidentially survey their staff. Based on the results, the tool generates a detailed report with recommended actions on how the business can respond to risks and create a workplace where mental health thrives.

For business leaders who want to gauge how mentally healthy their workplace is without surveying their workforce, SafeWork NSW also has the Workplace Pulse Check, an 11-question survey which takes only 5 minutes. Users get practical actions to take to improve their score and make their workplace mentally healthier.

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