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Harnessing Organisational Health to Promote Workplace Psychosocial Safety

Dr Paula Conroy

January 2024

As a practicing doctor and organisational health expert, I’ve witnessed firsthand the profound impact that workplace conditions can have on an individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Emphasising the psychosocial safety of our workforce is not merely an ethical imperative; it is a strategic investment in our workforce and for business more broadly. Organisations that commit to building a psychologically safe environment stand to reap a multitude of benefits highlighted in recent Comcare data, including reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and a more engaged workforce.

But what does this mean in practical terms?

It means cultivating a workplace where employees feel secure and valued, where their psychological health is not merely an afterthought but a foundational element of the company’s ethos. It is about creating an environment free from harm, bullying, and harassment, where stressors are managed, and personnel feel empowered and respected.

This systemic approach to worker welfare safeguards not only the individuals within the organisation but also fortifies the organisation itself against the risks of rising compensation claims, high staff turnover, and reputational damage. By investing in strategies that promote positive mental health, we are simultaneously investing in business resilience and sustainability. Furthermore, the return on investment speaks for itself.

A healthy workplace environment can result in:

*        A substantial decrease in injury and compensation costs.

*        Increased attraction and retention of top talent that drives innovation and competitive advantage

*        Enhanced job satisfaction and employee morale

In light of these insights, it’s critical to shift our focus to proactively address the psychosocial risks that can undermine both individual and corporate health. As a specialist in organisational wellbeing, my advice is grounded in evidence-based practices and a holistic understanding of workplace health ecosystems.

So, how do we embark on this transformative journey?

The key is to begin with a comprehensive assessment of your current organisational health landscape, identifying areas of strength to build upon, alongside gaps where focused attention is required. Insight’s professional advisory services can provide the expertise necessary to navigate this complex terrain, offering tailored solutions that align with your unique organisational culture and objectives. We will collaborate with you to forge a healthier, more resilient, and ultimately more prosperous workplace. Your organisation’s future success depends on the vitality of your greatest asset—your people.

Reach out at info@insighthealthadvisory.com.au to start a conversation with us and take steps towards creating a more psychosocially safe work environment for your workforce.