A short, weekly mindfulness program successfully reduced stressed among emergency despatchers with demanding schedules, suggesting such initiatives can be applied successfully to other challenging workplaces.
Employers have a duty to minimise workers' psychological stress and can do so by proactively boosting office morale and enforcing manageable workloads, a recruitment expert says. Meanwhile, employers have been warned that problem gambling can have a significant impact on the workplace, and offered tips to help struggling staff.
Employers have been urged to use R U OK? Day this week to kick off and maintain strategies promoting positive mental health at work, while the Mental Health Commission has found an electronic stress-reduction intervention provides "good value for money" for employers, in addition to numerous benefits not included in the economic modelling.
Workers who can mentally and physically detach from work after hours have fewer concentration problems, sleep better and are at lower risk of depression and exhaustion, according to a study on work breaks, which highlights the important role managers play in facilitating this behaviour.
High workloads and other organisational factors compel workers to go to work when they're sick, significantly increasing their levels of exhaustion and creating a vicious cycle that adversely affects employers, Swedish researchers have found.
Many employers that willingly field workers' health and safety concerns are perceived as doing little to address the issues, while employer inaction has caused mental harm to more than three in five workers, a major survey has found.
In the second of two similar cases in a matter of days, a worker who was dismissed because of his illness has been denied long service leave payments, despite pointing out the "absurd" fact that he would have been entitled to the benefit if he had beaten his employer to the punch and resigned.
A worker who worked for a company for just seven years has been awarded nearly $9,000 in long service leave entitlements because he resigned due to stress and anxiety. A commission rejected the company's claim that he feigned his condition.