According to beyondblue, less than half of those experiencing symptoms seek help. Many employers are weighed down by the cost of workers compensation claims, and the subsequent rise in premiums. When combined with declining productivity and participation rates, the total cost to Australian employers approaches $11 billion a year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
WHAT ARE THE CATALYSTS?
As a nation, we take a certain pride in getting on with the job, but on the flip side, adopting a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude can prevent workers from responding to the warning signs in themselves and others. The catalyst can stem directly from the workplace or from a personal situation.
Overworking; exposure to traumatic situations; physical injury; and bullying and harassment, are all work-related catalysts. Financial debt; drug and alcohol addiction, the death of a family member or friend; and marital conflict, are non-work catalysts that can impact your workplace.