Most of us are spending more time at work and therefore, have less time to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.
The benefits associated with employees’ wellbeing is well documented in various academic and non-academic fields – better work performance, lower levels of leave, lower levels of ‘presenteeism’ and higher staff retention.
For these reasons, coupled with the fact that research shows Australian businesses lose over $6.5 billion each year by failing to provide early intervention and treatment for employees with mental health conditions¹, corporations are encouraged to consider Wellness Programs as a way to keep its workforce healthy.
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¹Statistics drawn from 2010 Workers with Mental Illness: A Practical Guide for Managers (Australian Human Rights Commission 2010), and from ABS National Health and Wellbeing Surveys, 1997 and 2007.