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A DOOR TO
The Asia Pacific Journal
of Human Resources,
available free to AHRI
members, has published
the paper ‘The Australian
Men’s Sheds movement:
management in a voluntar y
organisation’. It explains
how HR management
practices relating to
development, OH&S and
planning are used in the
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The Mindful Employer:
Mental Health in the
available via AHRI’s
Ignition training program,
provides information on
depression and the skills
for managing employees
with a mental illness.
MANY BUSINESS LEADERS DON’T KNOW HOW
to help employees who are struggling with depression
and anxiety in the workplace, says Georgie Harman,
CEO of beyondblue, which has launched a ground-
breaking campaign to do something about it.
Workers with depression and other mental health
conditions continue to face discrimination and don’t
receive the same support that people with physical
injuries receive, says Harman.
“Creating mentally healthy workplaces is
everyone’s role, but employers need to take the lead.”
beyondblue’s Heads Up campaign, launched in May
and run in conjunction with the Mentally Healthy
Workplace Alliance, is centred around its website. A
first-of-its-kind action plan can be utilised to allow
businesses to implement mental health plans tailored
to their specific workplaces.
The need for such plans is backed up by SANE
Australia, whose research has found that, while
the vast majority of managers genuinely care about
their staff, almost four out of five say they lack
the knowledge, confidence and skill to deal with
depression in the workplace.
SANE Australia says the signs of depressive illness
can be varied, but outbursts of anger, decreased
productivity and arriving late to work are telling.
“The initial stage is to notice change,” says Eliza
Oakley, manager of the organisation’s Mindful
Employer program, which was launched in 2012.
Then it’s about early intervention to return the
employee to their best as quickly as possible.
The benefit to the bottom line from taking such
action is the focus of a new, detailed report by
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), ‘Creating a Mentally
Healthy Workplace: Return on Investment Analysis’.
It calculates that, on average, Australian businesses
receive a return of $2.30 for every $1 they invest in
effective workplace mental health strategies. For some
businesses, the return rate can be as much as $15.
The report takes into account factors such as
productivity, absenteeism and compensation claims in
IN THE BLUE
Strong new calls for businesses to
deal with employee depression and other
mental health conditions are backed by a
detailed analysis of the bottom line benefits.
BY ALI KLAVER AND TRACEY EVANS
ALMOST FOUR OUT OF FIVE
MANAGERS SAY THEY LACK THE
KNOWLEDGE, CONFIDENCE AND
SKILL TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION IN
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