Work health and wellbeing strategies that address "whole person health" and support social connectiveness will be major investment focuses for employers over the next 12 months, a survey of WHS and HR managers has found.
Employers need to implement formalised working-from-home (WFH) policies and procedures to enable workers to gain the associated health benefits of WFH and disengage from work after hours, new Australian research has shown.
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.
More than one in three of the hundreds of COVID-19-related workers' compensation claims lodged in Australia involve mental health issues, new data from Safe Work Australia shows. Meanwhile, Western Australia has introduced a Bill extending its tough penalties for pandemic-related violence against frontline workers.
Workplaces will no longer need to be on Victoria's permitted work list to open under new pandemic rules, taking effect tonight, but workers who are able to work from home must continue to do so, and safety plans remain mandatory.