Helping Job Seekers With Mental Health Conditions to Psychologically Safe Workplaces
The National Employment Solutions Conference is designed to examine the changing face of work and the workplace and the impacts on sector professionals.
Dr Kylie Henderson, Managing Director at Back2Work will be attending this year’s Conference, presenting “Helping job seekers with mental health conditions to psychologically safe workplaces”.
Numerous factors at work influence mental health. Research tells us that the known job stressors can include job insecurity, bullying or psychological harassment, low social support, organisational injustice, effort-reward imbalance, and job strain. To appropriately support a job seeker with a mental health condition into work, we need to consider not just the job tasks but also the workplace environment and culture. This presentation will focus on what is a psychologically safe workplace, and how can we as an industry role model these workplace practices.
It is critically important that we aim to prevent and reduce job stressors as this will improve the psychosocial quality of work and can prevent mental health issues occurring, or the exacerbation of mental health conditions. Indeed, a psychologically safe work environment is often a very positive experience for all employees. Work provides the opportunity to develop social networks, a sense of accomplishment and purpose, in addition to a salary. Employment is a key part of many people’s mental health recovery.
Back2Work will share best practice strategies to enhance workplace mental health and wellbeing.
The 2017 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Mantra Legends on the Gold Coast from Thursday the 16th to Friday the 17th of November 2017. It will be a platform for policy makers, academics, employers, human resource managers, recruitment services, association and “not-for-profit” representatives.