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workplace-health-and-wellbeingI attended a seminar on Workplace Health & Wellbeing last week and I would like to share with you some of the standouts for me. Standouts are from my perspective of providing counselling to workers who are stressed; and working with conflict in the workplace.

1. Workplace wellbeing easily fits into existing risk management and WH&S programmes. Why? Well, the goals are the same:

  • Controlling the risks to workers’ health and safety.
  • Reducing illness and injury.
  • Retaining valuable skills.
  • Enhancing productivity.
  • Strengthening business outcomes.

2. The legislation Work Health and Safety Act 2011 talks about physical and psychological health. (Page 25 Section 19 of Part 2 is a good place to start).

3. Get this right and productivity will increase.

  • The healthiest employees are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues.
  • Workers with medium to high health risks are three times more likely to file Workers’ Comp claims.
  • Obese workers are more likely to take sick leave.
  • On average 6.5 working days of productivity are lost annually per employee as a result of presenteeism (coming to work while sick or injured).

Retrieved 28th November 2014 from https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/health-and-wellbeing-at-work/impacts

Having an Employee Assistance Programme is one way to ensure employees Mental Wellbeing is being taken care of when things go wrong.

The vast majority of workers I see (from industries in mining, construction, manufacturing, small business and community sector) are struggling with stress related issues – work and/or home.

To help lower employee stress; I can offer you a 60 minute presentation entitled Coping with Stress. In this presentation attendees will learn practical tips to limit the stress in their life and identify some positives of that stress. Managers/supervisors/team leaders will come away with a less confrontational way to approach stressed workers.

Call me on 0407 585 497 for further information.

David Lawson

About David Lawson

Finding the Light is a locally owned and operated counselling and life coaching business based in Bundaberg. We seek to empower our clients to find their way forward to a better life by using the approaches of counselling or coaching. If this blog article has raised more questions please contact us by email or call us on 0407 585 497 to arrange a time for us to discuss the article. Mention this blog and we will give you a FREE 30 minute session to discuss.

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