Bosses who connect their employees and bring people together don’t just improve employee wellbeing, but also boost the productivity of their business, according to recent research by The University of Queensland (UQ). The study, led by UQ’s School of Psychology, shows that bosses and managers have an important role to play in fostering a shared workplace identity. Employees who feel part of a group show increased positivity, motivation and overall health. Lead researcher Dr Niklas Steffens says: “Our results show that mental health and performance are mutually dependent and can be improved through effective leadership.”
This Thursday 10th September is international World Suicide Prevention Day. It is also R U OK? Day in Australia.
The 2015 international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is Preventing Suicide: Reaching out and Saving Lives. It is about being self-informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide. In Australia, R U OK? is an organisation that aims to empower and encourage people to ask ‘are you ok?’ and respond sensitively and appropriately if someone says ‘no’.
Over the next week, across all our offices at MYOB, we will be reminding our employees that conversations can change lives, and continuing to educate our Managers and Team Leaders about mental health in the workplace. We will be bringing people together to start conversations at work that will help us:
As part of World Suicide Prevention day and R U OK? Day, we’ll be:
If you’re a small business, besides your legal responsibilities to provide a safe and healthy workplace, you also want a culture where your staff feel well supported and cared for. Here are some simple things you can do:
13 11 14 Lifeline: Crisis support and suicide prevention.
1300 78 99 78 MensLine Australia: Help, support and counselling services for men.
1300 22 46 36 beyondblue: Advice and support for anxiety and depression.
1800 73 77 32 RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service
By following just one of these simple suggestions, you can connect your employees, make them feel cared for and supported, and encourage them to have conversations that matter with their colleagues or seek appropriate support. This in turn helps build a positive workplace culture, boosts your business productivity, and helps you retain great staff!