Support worker wellbeing to create a safe workplace
With Mental Health Awareness Week coming up on 26 September 2022, it’s a great reminder to check in with your employees about their wellbeing, particularly those that might be off work due to injury.
ACC research shows that helping an injured employee stay connected to their workplace is good for their physical and mental recovery. It encourages social interaction, routine, and a sense of purpose, which all contribute to a better recovery. ACC has created some useful resources to help you understand your role in recovery at work and start the conversation with your injured team members. Visit the ACC website to view the resources.
When an employee is recovering from an injury, any mental health issues they may be experiencing could be a contributing factor to prolonged time out of the workplace. For most people with straightforward injuries, work should be a key part of their rehabilitation after an injury. Supporting your employees to recover at work makes good business sense:
Preventing injuries from happening in the first place is also critical to ensure your workers go home to their whānau at the end of every day. Physical injury and mental health are closely linked.
Mental health issues can be present:
Employees that are under stress at work or have mental health issues are more likely to get injured. As a result, ACC has partnered and invested with organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, Mentemia and Farmstrong, that all have a common purpose of helping employers work towards having a mentally well workforce with the aim to prevent injuries happening at work and keep their people safe.
ACC website UTM:
ACC Mentemia newsroom UTM:
ACC Farmstrong newsroom UTM: