Six questions to find out if your work is working for you.

When thinking about their ideal job, most people think about pay, how far they have to travel, their career path, or what ‘work perks’ they get. But research shows the things that actually make a job great are some ‘work related factors’ that might not be on your list at all. 

Ask yourself these 6 questions that will get you thinking about whether your work is actually working for you. 

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Worrying about a workmate’s mental health

Over the last few weeks, one of your workmates has been showing up to work late, looking washed out and tired, and has no energy, just dragging themselves through the day. They disappear every lunchtime, and sit alone in their car. You used to have a laugh with them, but now they are quiet and withdrawn.

Do you…

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Bullying in the workplace

You see one of the supervisors giving another apprentice a hard time, it seems to happen every morning when they arrive on-site – they are too late, or too early, or have brought the wrong tools, worn the wrong clothes – nothing they do seems right. You know this is actual bullying, rather than normal behaviour, because it has been going on for a few months, repeatedly targeting one person, and you can see how it is upsetting the apprentice.

Do you…

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What’s your role in creating a mentally healthy workplace?

A typical job description is usually about the responsibilities and duties of the job, but what responsibilities and duties do managers and young people have to both themselves, and other workers, to ensure they are contributing to an emotionally safe workspace?

We’ve asked young people what they look for in an ideal supervisor, and asked managers what they would like to see in their employees. See the job descriptions below and see how you are contributing to a positive and productive working environment.

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Workplace Behaviour

An employee upset and making a scene in an office environment

The aim of a Workplace Behaviour Policy is to detail the standards, values and expectations for appropriate behaviour in the workplace, and in particular an employee’s obligation to contribute to a safe and pleasant work environment that is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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When Anxiety is talking

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.

Have you ever experienced anxiety, or know anyone that does?

Source: BeyondBlue

Alcohol & Drugs

Workers celebrating at an office party, once employee is throwing up into a plant

An Alcohol and Drugs Policy is intended to inform all employees that being under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other prohibited substances will not be tolerated in the workplace or within work hours. An Alcohol and Drugs Policy should specify that the use of any drugs and alcohol within work hours is a workplace health and safety concern as it can affect a person’s ability to exercise judgment and impair coordination, motor control, concentration and alertness. 

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