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.
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 You used to have a laugh with them, but now they are quiet and withdrawn.
You have observed, over a number of weeks, that the new forklift driver is not following the safety lines. They don’t watch out and don’t bother waiting for other activities in the warehouse before they start pulling out items. There have been a couple of close calls, for example where someone was on the phone and didn’t hear the forklift, and it came pretty close to them before they realised because the driver wasn’t within the safety areas.
Work Related factors are anything in the design or management of work that can positively or negatively impact an employees mental health. Learn examples of what these can be and how you as a leader can influence them.
Understanding Work Related Factors means we know what we need to change to build mentally healthy workplaces.
Worksafe conducted a social experiment to determine if young people could identify an unsafe work environment as well as their rights and responsibility to a safe workplace.
Many young people find themselves working in unsafe conditions which can put them in danger, both mentally and physically. Young workers have the right to feel safe at work, and employers have a responsibility to create a safe working environment. Under the supervision of leading psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, we conducted a social experiment where we invited a group of people aged 18yrs – 25yrs to a series of ‘industry information sessions’ and outlined some of the unsafe conditions they could face in the workplace. Each participant was asked whether they would be willing to work in these conditions.
An Occupational Health and Safety Policy is considered to be one of the most important policies to enable workplace success. The intention of an Occupational Health and Safety Policy is to ensure that the workplace is an environment that is accident-free, safe and healthy, always implements safe working methods, and provides safe work equipment.
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.