Managing Mental Health at Work Breakfast
OHS law ensures that employers look after the mental wellbeing of their employees as much as their physical health. However, measuring the mental health of your workforce and identifying issues can be difficult. Looking at absenteeism and overtime rates, examining the number of compensation claims in your industry and then introducing activities, processes and practices to address concerns, support your employees and promote a good culture will improve productivity and help you to reduce the risk to employees and your business.
This two-hour briefing will help you to understand more about how to manage mental health in your workplace and address any issues you may have with employees:
Address mental health in your workplace
Anton Zytnik, Senior OHS/WorkCover Consultant with the Victorian Chamber will take you through some practical and effective ways to identify and address mental health issues or reduce the risk of them occurring among your workforce.
Support employees experiencing mental health issues
Sean Millard, Principal, CCI Lawyers will discuss the actions you should take to manage and consult with an employee who is experiencing mental health issues which impact performance. This includes your legal rights when it comes to speaking to your employees about their mental health, getting a medical opinion, and managing their employment while they receive treatment.
Create a healthy workplace
Ellouise Hickleton, Sector Liaison Coordinator at Cancer Council Victoria, will outline how to create a healthy environment and work culture with the Victorian Government’s Achievement Program. The Program is based on the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Workplace Model, is free for all Victorian businesses and offers best practice standards for a healthy workplace. Healthy people are twice as productive at work as unhealthy people, so a focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace makes good business sense.