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has given the parties to a stop-bullying application the choice of two "pathways", after hearing an employer with an outdated anti-bullying policy reacted to a worker's complaints with a threatening "my way or the highway" directive.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 public health restrictions set to ease in NSW and Victoria under COVID-19 vaccine rules, and recent regulatory action and a workers' comp ruling highlighting obligations around infections, employers need to determine whether to mandate or just encourage workforce vaccinations, a senior employment lawyer says.