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Toward a mentally healthy workplace

Watch recorded sessions to explore the critical link between work, mental health, and wellbeing in today’s evolving workplace.

Toward a mentally healthy workplace

Development Day 2023 #3

We spend as much as one third of our adult lives at work, so the impact of work on our quality of life is paramount. The rate and complexity of change in the workplace has created an ideal environment for mental health issues to flourish.

Absenteeism due to mental health is now surpassing that of physical injury. As a result, individuals and organisations are now starting to sit up, take notice and listen. The focus is also shifting to the growing issue of presenteeism, as the hybrid workplace is making it more difficult to truly understand connection, engagement, and wellbeing.

During our final Development Day for the year we tackle the concept of a mentally health workplace from three different perspectives, impacting both the individual and the manager and leader. For individuals, the need to proactively develop resilience, better understand and manage change and to balance work and life more effectively is the challenge. But this is often easier said than done.

Likewise, it is imperative that Managers and leaders understand and accept their responsibilities to develop a workplace that is not only productive and efficient but importantly to develop an environment where both physical and mental health and safety is paramount, and employees fell encouraged and included

Session 1: Unlocking Resilience - Practical Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace

9am AEST | 10am AEDT | 12pm NZ
Speaker: Kim Tay

Wellbeing and resilience are hot topics but what do they really mean? And more importantly, how do you build wellbeing and resilience in a world where time is precious and demands are high (and the idea of a week-long seaside yoga and meditation retreat is beyond laughable).

In this insightful and practical webinar you’ll discover science-based, easy to apply strategies to boost your mood and fuel your performance, including:

  • How to overcome the brain’s evolutionary hangover that holds us back
  • A simple technique to proactively navigate adversity effectively
  • How to harness any one of the 10 emotions that boost productivity, immunity and stress management.

Session 2: Building Psychological Safety Through Team Engagement

10.30am AEST | 11.30am AEDT | 1.30pm NZ
Speaker: Shannon Cooper

According to Gallup, leaders account for 70% of the variance in engagement and performance of their people. Every leader needs to understand the psychological status and needs of each individual member of their team, particularly during times of change, when a person's underlying state might be more extreme, overt, or changeable. One helpful model that summarises the five most common things that our modern-day brain can experience as threats to our safety is the SCARF model developed by mindfulness and brain researcher David Rock.

IML facilitator, Shannon Cooper, will lead a lively and interactive session that will explore the SCARF model including:

  • The origins and science behind the SCARF model
  • The importance of SCARF to psychologically safe environments
  • Practical steps for implementing the SCARF model

Session 3: Supporting a Mentally Healthy Workplace

12pm AEST | 1pm AEDT | 3.00pm NZ
Speaker: Stephanie Thompson

Workplace mental health and wellbeing is inextricably linked to our overall wellness. Importantly, businesses have a legal obligation to provide a psychosocially safe workplace. But it can feel overwhelming knowing where to start when supporting employee's mental health at work.

The Black Dog Institute are on a mission to improve mental health in Australia. Join Stephanie Thompson – Workplace Engagement Manager for the Black Dog Institute – in an engaging session where we will provide practical advice on how to improve individual and organisation mental health in the workplace.

The session will include:

  • Why it is imperative that organisations focus on the mental health of their employees.
  • Evidence informed practical strategies that take a whole of organisation approach to support a mentally healthy workplace.

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