Addressing psychosocial risks in the workplace is key to creating a psychologically safe workplace.
All people have the right to complete their job without being exposed to excessive risk of psychological harm.
Work-related stress tip sheets
SafeWork NSW provide 12 useful tipsheets for understanding stress, the role of psychosocial risks in stress at work and ways to address risk factors in the workplace. Each tip sheet can be downloaded separately as a pdf if required.
- Overview of work-related stress
- A risk management approach to work-related stress
- Implementing a work-related stress risk management process
- Risk factors for work-related stress
- Work demands and work-related stress
- Levels of control and work-related stress
- Support from supervisors and/or co-workers regarding work-related stress
- Role clarity, role conflict and work-related stress
- Managing relationships and work-related stress
- Recognition and reward minimising work-related stress
- Managing change and work-related stress
- Organisational justice and work-related stress
Role of psychosocial risk factors in stress
Heads Up provides simple educational resources to help managers and employees understand the role of psychosocial risk factors in stress in the workplace. It also provides valuable worked examples throughout the module.
Psychosocial risks by industry
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has compiled a list of risk factors by industry type, as part of its Mentally Health Workplaces toolkit. The guide gives a great overview of examples of psychosocial risk factors in the manufacturing, agriculture, transport, construction, retail and wholesale and health care and social assistance industries.
The Australian Workplace Barometer Report
Safe Work Australia, have compiled the Australian Workplace Barometer Reoprt, summarising working conditions across Australia and the role they have on health and productivity. Importantly, it identifies the fundamental role of psychosocial safety climate (PSC) in workplaces and models the effect that changing PSC can have on work outcomes. Further, the report identifies industries at risk of poor health outcomes based on their position above or below the national PSC benchmark. Western Australian industries are compared to the national benchmark (page 45). Implications for organisational policy are outlined on page 69.
The Australian Workplace Barometer project aims to provide science driven evidence of Australian work conditions and their relationships to workplace health and productivity, through a national monitoring and surveillance system.
Thrive at Work Survey
Organisations should monitor employees’ perceptions of their work. While it is important for managers to do this through maintaining ongoing, open communication with staff about work, it is also useful to get a quantitative understanding of the experience of mental heath risks across the organisation. The Thrive at Work survey provides an understanding of current employee well-being and measures the degree to which employees believe the organisation mitigates illness, prevents harm and promotes thriving. It provides organisations with an opportunity to consult employees on key mental health and well-being matters.