WorkSafe's Workwell Program
The Give Where You Live Foundation was funded by WorkSafe’s WorkWell program to lead a WorkWell Learning Network to devise tools and resources to help create mentally healthy and safe workplaces, especially for young employees. In partnership with Management Governance Australia and Barwon Adolescent Taskforce, we collaborated with 20 small and medium businesses from across the G21 Region, as well as young workers, to co-design solutions.
We began in 2019 by talking to employers and young workers from the construction, transport, manufacturing, and health sectors, to understand their experiences of workplace mental health.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges, it has also increased recognition of the benefits of a mentally safe and healthy workplace and also the risks, especially in terms of legislation.
In collaboration with local businesses and young people, with support from mental health experts and human resources professionals, the Work Care Factor was created: workcarefactor.com.au
This website includes audio and flowchart stories to build awareness, exploring the ‘work-related factors’ that can contribute towards emotional health and wellbeing. Using engaging formats, the website offers tips and scripts for workplace conversations to improve communication, trust, and mutual understanding. There are also policy and procedure templates, in clear and practical language, so that businesses can easily access the resources they need to meet their legal obligations, all in one place.