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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.

  1. Overview of work-related stress
  2. A risk management approach to work-related stress
  3. Implementing a work-related stress risk management process 
  4. Risk factors for work-related stress 
  5. Work demands and work-related stress
  6. Levels of control and work-related stress
  7. Support from supervisors and/or co-workers regarding work-related stress
  8. Role clarity, role conflict and work-related stress
  9. Managing relationships and work-related stress 
  10. Recognition and reward minimising work-related stress
  11. Managing change and work-related stress
  12. 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.

Resource

Beyond Blue’s Heads Up initiative provides a manager training course on managing mental health risks at work.

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.

Further reading

Different industries have different inherent psychosocial risks. The Mentally Healthy Workplaces toolkit details some of these.

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.

Further reading

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.

People at Work Survey

Organisations should monitor employees’ perceptions of their work. 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. WorkSafe Queensland have developed a survey measuring the psychosocial risks of stress at work.

Quick Win

The People at Work survey is a risk assessment tool for measuring the psychological risks for staff in any organisation.