Mental Health as a key performance indicator (KPI) says Jeff Kennett... The former Victorian Premier has called for the performance bonuses for chief executives to be partially tied to the mental wellbeing of their staff. Do you agree? Kennett made the proposal to the Business Council of Australia (BCA) on Monday. Jeff Kennett certainly gets my vote on this initiative! Mentally Healthy workplaces are equally as important to Australian workers as physically safe workplaces. Yet, as a training company who delivers Mental Health First Aid to businesses, I am often shocked at the resistance from Managers in training staff on the ability to recognise and understand Mental Health issues. Further, statistics show that workplaces are not meeting their expectations: 91% of Managers believe mental health in the workplace is important (88% believe physical safety is important). Despite this, only 52% of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy compared to 76% for physical safety. Only five in ten (50%) believe their most senior leader values mental health. The Facts - Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2007 National Mental Health and Well-Being Survey (NMHWS):
- Written by Annemi Olivier
- Published: 28 Nov 2016
- One in five Australians have taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unhealthy.
- This statistic is more than twice as high (46%) among those who consider their workplace mentally unhealthy.
- Employees who believe their workplace is mentally unhealthy are unlikely to disclose within their workplace if they are experiencing a mental health condition, seek support from HR/management, or offer support to a colleague with a mental health condition.