Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a measure of a person's happiness, psychological, emotional and mental state. Therefore it is strongly linked to how satisfied a person feels about both themselves and their life. 

Employers are beginning to see the value in having an understanding of their employees' sense of wellbeing. There are significant advantages for organisations that are able to understand and enhance the wellbeing of their employees. 

Many organisations have adopted employee wellbeing into their HR strategies and have gone so far as to implement ongoing wellbeing initiatives. Some of the most common initiatives include:  

  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Yoga/Meditation classes 
  • Stand up meetings 
  • Walking / running groups 
  • Healthy eating (i.e. fruit bowl) 
  • Flexible Working arrangements 
  • Staff social functions 

Some of the benefits an organisation can expect to receive should they choose to adopt employee wellbeing initiatives include: 

  • Improved productivity and quality of work being produced improved overall morale and culture of the organisation 
  • Increase in retention rates 
  • The ability to be able to attract quality candidates who can see the company values employees health and wellbeing, shows they care about the individual and fulfills social corporate responsibilities
  • Avoiding high costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, injury & illness.

Stress in the Workplace

Stress, as defined by the world health organisation is "the reaction people may have when presented with the demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope".

More information on Stress in the workplace


Absenteeism refers to circumstances in which an employee is absent from work on personal/carer's leave on a frequent basis.

More information on Absenteeism

Flexibility in the Workplace

In Australia, the right to request flexible working arrangements are provided for in legislation under in the National Employment Standards (NES). These standards provide that certain categories of employees are able to make requests of their employer to work in a flexible manner.

More information on Flexibility in the Workplace


Health monitoring

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Working from home WHS checklist

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Further resources

Superfriend's Building Thriving Workplaces: Guidelines and Actions

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Superfriend's 2018 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace

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Anytime, Anywhere work - Report & White papers

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Mental Health First Aid adult guidelines

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Mental Health First Aid Panic Attack guideline

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The State of Wellbeing in Australian Workplaces: 2018 Report

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Guidelines for workplace prevention of mental health problems

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Menopause in the workplace

Menopause in an individual experience. Some symptoms are physical, such as hot flushes, headaches, poor sleep and erratic periods, and others may be psychological, such as anxiety, low mood (or mood swings) lack of confidence and poor concentration for example. Women are often surprised by the range of symptoms that may be experienced.

Research indicates that one in two women do not seek medical advice regarding menopause, in fact most women feel quite uncomfortable talking about it all, let alone with the supervisor, manager or HR.

When women do have an understanding of their symptoms and have developed strategies to manage them. their health and well-being, including work, often return to normal in a relatively short time.

What is not good for employers is, that women having menopausal symptoms consider leaving their job, according to the Wellbeing of Women survey in 2016, in fact one in four do!

Below are some articles that address this issue. In addition CIPD have some valuable resources  to access.


Menopause friendly workplace

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Reduce the stigma of menopause

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