Workplace social structures and worksite "champions" can be leveraged to protect transient or temporary staff like contract or labour-hire workers, who are more vulnerable to health and safety hazards than permanent workers, researchers say.
One in three Australian workers who sustain a physical injury experience serious secondary mental illnesses, but few of these people access mental health services that could accelerate their recovery and return to work, according to a study.
Reforming one of Australia's major workers' comp schemes has had significant unintended consequences on injured workers' health, providing caution for future changes, researchers have found in an analysis of four years of claims data.
Costly workplace exercise programs might improve workers' physical capacity, but employers can gain similar benefits from providing them with personalised fitness management, which does not require space or equipment, researchers say.
Workers whose tasks require sustained emotional effort, like responding to customers' worries and aggression, are significantly more likely to require long-term sick leave, a major study of more than 26,000 workers has found.
Workers who were bullied in a previous workplace or earlier in their lives are at risk of becoming bullies themselves, according to study of nearly 1,000 workers who admit to engaging bullying behaviours, which offers tips on breaking the "cycle of violence".