All Australian organisations are now required to identify and do “everything reasonably practical” to deal with psychosocial risks. This requirement is enshrined in Federal legislation and supported by Codes of Practice, which are now in place in most states and territories.
The new international standards (ISO 45003) and the recently updated WorkSafe Australia health and safety code list common psychosocial hazards as: unachievable job demands, low job control, lack of role clarity, inadequate reward and recognition, conflict and poor workplace relationships and interactions, poor support, poor change management, poor organisational justice, traumatic events, remote or isolated work, violence and aggression, bullying, harassment, and poor physical environment.
Preventing psychological injury
Of the factors that impact the likelihood of psychological injury, two of the key ones are:
Risk reduction through job design
Designing jobs to eliminate or manage psychosocial risks is a large and important task. There are a wide variety of measures organisations can implement to ensure psychosocial safety. Where reasonably practical, they are required to take these actions.
Unfortunately, not all psychosocial risks can be easily managed through job design. To best protect workers from psychological injury, job design measures should not be relied upon alone.
Challenges and limitations of risk reduction through job design include:
Risk reduction through training
Just as manual handling training is used to prevent back injuries, resilience training can be used to prevent psychological injuries. Mindarma is an evidence-based program, proven to enhance adaptive psychological resilience. The program teaches a range of evidence-based psychological skills and strategies that enable workers to respond in ways that will support their own safety when encountering psychosocial risks.
Enhance resilience to lower risk
Greater resilience is associated with increased levels of wellbeing and lower levels of stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. Among high-risk occupations (i.e., high-stress roles such as first responders and frontline health workers) greater levels of resilience have been associated with lower symptoms of trauma and depression.
Initially evaluated as part of a successful randomised controlled trial, Mindarma has since been implemented across a wide variety of organisations and used to support workers in some of the world’s most challenging roles. An analysis of pre-post data for 999 Mindarma learners demonstrates how the program enhances adaptive psychological resilience and reduces risk.
Pre-training risk profile (per 100 workers)
Post-training risk profile (per 100 workers)
Benefits of Mindarma resilience training
When developing your psychosocial risk management plan, resilience training is not the whole solution. It is however a very valuable and practical place to start.
Key benefits of implementing Mindarma’s evidence-based resilience training include:
Like to know more? To discuss how Mindarma can help to manage risks and keep your team safe, please contact us.