Taking action on well-being
The workplace mental health landscape can be confusing to navigate, and even organisations who want to champion well-being are faced with the absence of a clear way to take action.
A recent Australian survey by Superfriend (2018) found that 16% of organisations have not addressed workplace mental health and well-being because they don’t know where to start.
The Thrive at Work process aims to bridge this gap, by unifying research and regulations into a single framework that allows organisations to develop a strategic approach to workplace mental health.
The implementation process
Thrive at Work provides organisations with a methodology for developing a mental health and well-being strategy and action plan.
The process provides step-by-step guidance and resources for your organisation to:
- prepare a business case, form a project team and get the right resources and support,
- evaluate current mental health practices against the Thrive at Work Framework and identify areas for action,
- build a well-being strategy and action plan that identifies key steps to becoming a thriving organisation, and
- develop mechanisms for tracking the success of the strategy and action plan over time.
Collaborating on well-being
The Thrive at Work process has utility across a wide range of workplaces. Most activities within it are applicable across a industries and organisation sizes, and can be scaled up or down as needed.
Regardless of your organisation’s size or industry, developing an integrated well-being strategy is likely to involve collaboration with multiple stakeholders. In larger businesses, teams that may be involved in a holistic approach to well-being include functional areas such as health and safety, wellness, risk governance, building management, and human resources. It may also include employees and leaders who are interested in championing the promotion of mental health, irrespective of role.
Senior leaders play a critical role in driving policies and practices that promote mental health in the workplace. Leadership can positively influence workplace culture, management practices and staff experience. It is critical that senior leaders are seen as champions of the Thrive at Work initiative.