Australia’s 2019 workplace mental health and wellbeing index score has come in at 62.7 out of a possible 100. This means we are nearly two thirds of the way towards optimal workplace mental health and wellbeing, with connectedness rating slightly higher than the domains of culture, capability, policy and leadership, according to the 2019 Indications of a Thriving Workplace Survey.
Notably, it was found that half (50.6%) of the Australian workforce has experienced a mental health condition, and 2 in 5 of those workers report that their workplace either caused their condition or made it worse. There is a heavy cost, with approximately $543 million of workers’ compensation paid to Australians each year for work-related mental health conditions.
When people work in mentally healthy environments, they typically feel more valued and willing to contribute to the organisation. This year, there has been a sharp increase in recognition that mentally healthy workplaces enable people to leave work with energy to spare. Workers also believe that investing in workplace mental health and wellbeing would lead to a reduction in sickness, absence and presenteeism, along with increased productivity and higher retention.