As an employer I understand how important it is to have good staff. Having been an employee, I understand how important it is to enjoy your work and have a good employer. New Zealand's Health and Safety laws have evolved to cover a lot more than accident prevention. 'Workplace Health and Safety' now encompasses measures for Workplace Wellness and supporting employee mental health.
As an employer, supporting employees in areas of health and wellness can increase productivity, absenteeism and presenteeism, and also demonstrate your commitment to the Worksafe and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Health and Safety includes mental wellbeing
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) have a primary duty of care to provide a work environment that is without risk to health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable. Whilst focus is typically given to reducing the risk of physical harm, HSWA importantly defines health as being both physical and mental.
WorkSafe’s expectations that businesses 'have effective systems for protecting worker health, both physical and mental, from work-related factors before implementing activities to promote general health and wellbeing' aligns to this legal emphasis.
"Protecting mental health is an important factor for business management to bear in mind while continuously developing their health and safety management systems."
This is why all our courses and workshops offer a certificate of attendance to store in your employee files. This will not only prove that as an employer you are aware of the responsibilities linked to health and wellbeing in the workplace, but that you are proactive in going above and beyond what is required at this time.
Well staff are happier, more resilient - and more productive
Have you heard of Presenteeism? This is defined as “the problem of employees who are not fully functioning in the workplace because of an illness, injury or other condition”. Even though the employee may be physically at work, they may not be able to fully perform their duties and are more likely to make mistakes.
An article from Safeguard magazine states that: "reduced mental health is now the primary cause of lost working days in most Westernised countries and the related at-work productivity loss (i.e. ‘presenteeism’) can be 1.5 times greater than the cost of absenteeism.
It’s clear that supporting good mental health has significant benefits for both business productivity and employee's quality of life. It is soimportant to support wellness and mental health in the workplace.
Mindfulness & Gratitude are key to Workplace Wellness
Research shows that Mindfulness greatly improves wellbeing and also increases the ability to manage stress, to focus, and manage difficult emotions. This means that Mindfulness can improve employee relationships and leadership qualities.
The scientifically proven benefits of Gratitude, ranging from increased physical and mental health, as well as enhancing empathy, self esteem and mental strength.
The relatively small outlay that a business invests in Workplace Wellness can come back ten fold. Explore our courses below: