We’re tops in work health
SOUTH Australia is one of the most psychologically healthy places to work in the world, a new study shows.
Research conducted at the University of South Australia’s Centre for Applied Psychological Research reveals that SA ranks behind only Sweden and Ireland.
Psychologically healthy workplaces provide workers with procedures to deal with work-related stress, bullying or harassment and also workrelated violence.
They also are places in which employees are consulted about measures to deal with psycho-social risks.
Results show that staff in industries such as transport and storage, mining and education appear particularly well protected in SA from psychological health hazards.
Professor Maureen Dollard, who is leading the Australian Research Council-funded Australian Workplace Barometer project, says efforts by South Australian industries to reduce psychological injury at work have put the state in its healthy position.
However, many industries are performing below the state’s standard, she says.
‘‘ In SA, employees in the accommodation, cafes and res- taurant industries reported a lack of psycho-social protections,’’ she says.
Dollard says organisations need to be aware of industry trends as well as thoroughly monitor psychosocial risk.
‘‘ Workers value work environments where they are protected from the impacts of psycho-social risk and report higher levels of engagement,’’ she says.
‘‘ We should not underestimate how important factors like these are to productivity and to enhancing the attractiveness of working in South Australia.’’