Productivity

Mental Health In The Workplace: It's The Law

Smarter Staff
Smarter Writer

This article has been written by the Smarter Business™ Staff Writers

Smarter Staff
Smarter Writer

This article has been written by the Smarter Business™ Staff Writers

Workplace mental health laws not only protect workers but can help with business productivity and profit.

depressed man near rainy window

Mental Health and the Law

Mr Kennett said that while some business leaders might view laws around workplace mental health as onerous, they help ensure businesses’ success. “These laws don’t just protect workers, they help create an environment that, as the PwC research has shown, helps business make money,” he said. “Bullying, harassment, inflexible rules, unrealistic deadlines and unmanageable workloads harm your business because they can create ongoing stress for employees that can lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. This can affect workforce productivity and morale.”

Australian laws require businesses to ensure the health and safety of their workers and other people at the workplace as much as is reasonably practicable. This includes protecting people from risks to their mental health and protecting people who have mental health issues from discrimination of any kind when they are at work. 

Safe Work Australia acting CEO, Michelle Baxter agreed that both physical and psychological health need to be taken seriously in the workplace. “Psychological hazards and risks can bemanaged by the same risk management process businesses used for physical hazards. I encourage all employers and workers to understand their legal requirements and implement practical risk.

These laws don’t just protect workers, they help create an environment that, as the PwC research has shown, helps business make money.

- JEFF KENNETT AC, BEYONDBLUE
Check out the

Heads Up website to see a tailor-made action plan to guide employers through the steps to create a mentally healthy workplace in a cost-effective way.

Find Out More

New report reveals small businesses lagging behind customers in tech
Trends
New report reveals small businesses lagging behind customers in tech

According to the 2018 Telstra Small Business Intelligence Report, customers increasingly use technology to find products and research businesses. Yet many small businesses are ...

5 simple ways to earn your customers' loyalty online
Tech Solutions
Tech Solutions
5 simple ways to earn your customers' loyalty online

Do you know what experience your customers want online to keep them loyal? Keep them coming back with these 5 simple, effective strategies. Today’s customers have a lot of choi...

Woman swiping card
Customer Experience
Customer Experience
5 easy secrets to customer loyalty

When small businesses want to boost customer loyalty, they often focus on dis-counts and special offers. However, there are many more ways you can make customers feel all that ...

Man sitting down using tablet
Customer Experience
Customer Experience
Tech: the new customer charmer

While many businesses look at technology as a way to make them more productive, others see it as an opportunity to delight customers. Adding a little tech to your business coul...