With 20 per cent of business operators struggling with mental health and stress concerns around COVID-19, industry representatives have met in NSW on strategies to boost wellbeing. Meanwhile, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has claimed that workplace mental health is at "breaking point".
An employer has been found not liable to pay for a psychologically injured worker's gastric sleeve surgery, which she claimed she obtained to control her diabetes after work stressors caused her blood sugar level to double.
A worker who was trapped in a work lift for more than an hour has proved she sustained post-traumatic stress disorder from the ordeal, with a commission rejecting her employer's "attack" on her medical records.
The Black Dog Institute has called for employers to implement organisation-level measures like "problem solving committees" to facilitate job control, and to allow for a "steady post-pandemic workplace transition". It warns that two decades of "seismic changes" have adversely affected workers' mental health.
Burnout is commonly associated with cognitive or mental employment demands, but it also affects those with high physical workloads, and can be exacerbated by certain kinds of off-the-job physical activities, researchers have found.
The number of workers requiring mental health support more than tripled last year due to unprecedented work fatigue, increasing the pressure on supervisors and managers to prevent burnout in their teams, according to a clinical services specialist.
The Fair Work Commission has given the parties to a stop-bullying application the choice of two "pathways", after hearing an employer with an outdated anti-bullying policy reacted to a worker's complaints with a threatening "my way or the highway" directive.
With Mental Health Week just around the corner, a former swimming champion and TV host has issued a reminder on how important our state of mind is, and how crucial it is for employers to protect staff from psychological harm.
Three new tiers of support for workers in distress, and other employees of a major government organisation, have yielded hundreds of interactions steering participants towards better mental health, a conference has heard.