The NSW Nationals in the state government have launched a new Workplace Pulse Check tool to help businesses improve their mental health support and access relevant training and materials from SafeWork NSW.
Nationals Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said by undertaking the pulse check as part of October’s Mental Health Month, business owners and managers can implement the right proactive measures to support their staff’s mental health while at work.
“Research consistently tells us that mentally healthy workplaces have more productive staff who feel more positive about work, with less absenteeism and better retention rates,” Mr Anderson said.
“By completing a pulse check, you will be able to establish how your business is doing in terms of its approach to mental health, as well as receive advice on how to provide a supportive culture for your employees.”
To help businesses become mentally healthy, SafeWork is offering free, one-on-one practical coaching for small and medium sized businesses, as well as mental health training workshops tailored for employers, managers and employees.
Nationals Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said business leaders can play a substantial role in supporting their employees mental health at work.
“There are so many things business leaders can do to ensure their workplace is mentally healthy – from regular check-ins and discussions around mental health, to proactively identifying and addressing risks,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Mental Health Month is a great time to do a pulse check and start making your workplace a happier and healthier one for everyone.”
To access the Mentally Healthy Workplaces ‘Workplace Pulse Check’, please visit www.mentalhealthatwork.nsw.gov.au