Browsing: Flexible work

TUE
2:38PM

COVID-19 exacerbating presenteeism, but will drive positive organisational changes

The COVID-19 pandemic and remote working arrangements are exacerbating the significant health and safety risks posed by sickness presenteeism, but they also provide an opportunity to establish cultural norms that encourage workers to take sick leave when they have infectious diseases or other illnesses, organisational psychologists say.

FRI
3:53PM

Workplace therapy program with high recovery rate extended to 120,000 workers

Comcare will roll out a low-intensity cognitive behaviour therapy program to up to 120,000 Commonwealth employees over the next two years, while continuing to provide mental health first-aid training to its own workers, its 2019-20 annual report shows.

WED
3:21PM

Postpartum risks reduced by trained supervisors

Work issues can increase the risk of pregnant workers going on to experience postpartum depression, and employers are being urged to train up "family-supportive supervisors" to support work-life balance and returning to work after maternity leave.

WED
2:22PM

Safety personnel told to seize work-redesign opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic and changes forced on employers have given safety professionals a unique opportunity to redesign work practices to eliminate sources of harm, Australian occupational health experts say. Meanwhile, Victoria has extended its state of disaster for COVID-19.

TUE
3:56PM

Working-from-home safety provisions proposed by FWC

Employers will be permitted to direct employees to perform duties at home or another place outside of the usual workplace providing that place is safe and appropriate, under a draft model flexibility schedule driven by the risk of further COVID-19 outbreaks.

TUE
3:59PM

Beware "self-exploitative" remote work during pandemic

Workers working remotely because of COVID-19 or other reasons are more likely to engage in self-endangering behaviours like working while ill, according to researchers, who say employees need self-management training.

THU
1:58PM

COVID-19 transition plans; Injury dispute Bill; and more

  • COVID-19 transition plans must cover WHS and critical functions;
  • ACT seeks to boost workers' mental health in pandemic; and
  • NSW introduces Bill for new work injury dispute system.
THU
11:59AM

How to mitigate the social isolation risks of working from home during COVID-19 outbreak

Keeping communications upbeat, holding virtual team meetings and reminding workers their EAPs are there if they need them, are key strategies for overcoming the harmful social isolation workers could experience working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a safety and injury management expert says.

TUE
10:46AM

COVID-19: a Q&A on safely working from home, social distancing and more

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing social distancing measures and many workers to work from home, often at very short notice, employers must remember they have a duty to ensure working environments in homes and elsewhere are healthy and safe, a senior safety lawyer says in this Q&A with OHS Alert.


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