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In this episode, we delve into the challenges of navigating mental health in the workplace. Joined by renowned expert Peta Slocombe, we explore the challenges and opportunities businesses face in supporting their employees’ mental well-being. Peta shares her vast experience and practical strategies for fostering a mentally healthy work environment, highlighting the importance of empathy, open communication, and proactive mental health initiatives. Spoiler alert, it’s not EAP! A key highlight of our conversation is the lively debate about who owns mental well-being at work: HR, safety, or leadership. Tune in to hear diverse perspectives and gain valuable insights on creating a supportive, resilient workplace culture.

Have you ever wondered who is truly responsible for mental health in your workplace?

I sit down with Peta Slocombe, a distinguished psychologist and the founder of Performance Story, to tackle this pressing question. We talk about the roles of HR and safety teams, uncovering the systemic issues that often lead to fragmented efforts in addressing mental health and well-being at work.

We discuss the disconnect between HR and safety teams, especially in high-risk industries like mining and construction. Peta shares invaluable insights from her extensive experience, highlighting the critical need for comprehensive and integrated mental health strategies. We’ll also explore the recent legislative changes pushing organisations to take a more proactive approach to managing psychosocial hazards.

Whether you’re an HR professional, a manager, or someone passionate about mental health, this episode offers practical steps and fresh perspectives to help create healthier, happier workplaces.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Connect with me on LinkedIn and share your experiences or any questions about improving mental health in your organisation. Together, we can foster better workplaces for everyone.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The multiple conversations happening about mental health
  • There’s a transition period happening
  • HR doesn’t always have the same budget as safety
  • Hard numbers driving performance
  • EAPs aren’t particularly effective and can be a cop-out for organisations
  • The worried well – not clinically unwell, but struggling
  • EAPs at arms-length
  • The core of change is messy stuff that HR is best placed to deal with
  • People won’t perform well if there is fear in the workplace
  • A lot of workplaces are contributing to mental health issues
  • HR should be able to lead in this area but are often not at the table
  • Shifting from firefighting to preventative work
  • Playing the corporate game in order to care about people
  • If we sat down today and redesigned organisations, they wouldn’t be what they are now
  • If you get people and culture right, everything else flows from that
  • The leadership capability gap is widening
  • Looking at the whole person
  • You have to do something if you want to be a change agent.

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