Employer-provided health programs where workers meet people outside of their work groups help workers cope with occupational challenges and issues like job insecurity created by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
A study of stock market performance across a decade has shown companies that focus on the health and safety of their workforce have a competitive business advantage, and are probably outperforming others in the COVID-19 era.
The national policy on enforcing WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic has been revised to define vaccinations as a "high order risk control measure". It also reminds employers of their duty to keep abreast of public health orders. Meanwhile, Western Australia has a new workplace health and safety minister.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted to a major employer the importance of supporting workers' holistic wellbeing, which will inform its approach to health and safety in the years to come, according to its general manager of people and culture.