VicHealth, SuperFriend and WorkSafe Victoria are collaborating to promote positive mental wellbeing in Victorian workplaces. We will work together to help workplaces create positive and supportive work cultures and environments by focusing on organisational leadership and encouraging workplaces to implement positive mental wellbeing strategies that enhance existing policies and processes.
We want to see Victorian workplaces that are thriving, with the capability to support mental wellbeing by strengthening their capacity to embed positive mental wellbeing principles and practices into business as usual.
Traditionally, approaches to mental health in the workplace focus on the negative impact that work and the work environment can have on employees and organisations. Understanding and addressing the potential negative impacts of work is important and can contribute to preventing mental illnesses and losses in productivity. However, the Collaboration focusses on capturing elements of the workplace that engage employees, and developing environments where employees can flourish and reach their optimal potential.
The Collaboration’s unique expertise in mental wellbeing, health promotion, and occupational health and safety will enable us to take a holistic approach to testing, developing and sharing world-class products and value-adding for Victorian workplaces. It also provides an exciting opportunity to drive activities that address and positively impact the mental wellbeing of Victorian workplaces.
The engagement with workplaces will focus on providing information, resources, and tools on positive mental wellbeing interventions such as developing a positive leadership style, designing jobs for positive mental wellbeing, communicating effectively, recruitment and selection of employees, work-life demands, and supporting and developing employees.
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