Influencing leaders to champion mentally healthy workplaces

18 May 2021
10:30 - 11:10

Influencing leaders to champion mentally healthy workplaces

Leadership underpins the entire WorkWell program, and integration and partnership are at the core of the leadership approach. This body of work is focused on developing a picture of leading practices in leadership for psychological safety in the workplace and also aims to influence and build the capacity, confidence and commitment of senior leaders to create workplace-wide cultural change that promotes the mental health, safety and wellbeing of their people through work.

To date the project has found that, to leaders, the most important factors to support psychological health and safety in the workplace are levels of support (manager and collegial) and workplace relationships, being treated fairly and with equity, work-life balance, job satisfaction, workplace culture and values. Work-related factors can also impact the degree to which psychological safety is evident or facilitated within the workplace.

The key work-related factors identified so far as influential for the establishment of psychological safety included job demands, organisational change management, job control, role clarity, management of relationships and organisational justice. WorkWell’s Leadership work will provide important insights on supporting leaders to inspire cultural change and create mentally healthy workplaces.