A Mentally Healthy Workplace
A mentally healthy workplace protects and promotes mental health through its culture, management practices and policies, and through the values it projects.
It will reflect on how its people are supported in the work they do. It will reflect on how the contributions of all are acknowledged and recognised, on how co-workers treat and interact with each other, how management treats and interacts with staff, and the part respect and acknowledgement of difference plays.
In the automotive industry, there are key work related factors that can contribute to workplace stress including:
- workload stress
- unreasonable behaviours
- poor workplace relationships
- conflicts or disputes
- inadequate role clarity
- lack of recognition
- lack of training or support
- a poor working environment.
A mentally healthy workplace puts policy mechanisms in place to address them and reduce the risk of psychological injury.
It is one that fosters a supportive culture and recognises that employers, management and team leaders play a critical role in driving policies and practices that promote mental health.
© 2019 The LITTLE BLUE BOOK OF WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH – page 15