Understanding the Psychosocial Code of Practice:
The Psychosocial Code of Practice, developed by the Queensland Government, is a framework that emphasises the psychological and social aspects of work and aims to prevent and manage work-related stress, burnout, and other mental health issues. Managing psychosocial hazards at work not only protects workers, it also benefits businesses by improving organisational performance and productivity.
The release of the new Code of Practice is an important step in keeping Queensland workplaces safe, healthy and productive.
Some key requirements of the new legislation include:
- Conducting risk assessments to identify and address psychosocial hazards
- Developing and implementing policies and procedures to promote and protect psychosocial health
- Providing adequate training and support to employees and managers on psychosocial health and well-being
- Encouraging open and supportive communication and fostering a positive workplace culture.
Identifying psychosocial hazards in the workplace
Psychosocial hazards are those that can cause harm through creating stress. While stress itself is not an injury, if it becomes frequent, prolonged or severe, stress can cause psychological and physical harm.
Psychosocial hazards at work may include:
- Job demands
- Low job control
- Poor support
- Lack of role clarity
- Poor organisational change management
- Inadequate reward and recognition
- Poor organisational justice
- Traumatic events or material
- Remote or isolated work
- Poor physical environment
- Violence and aggression
- Harassment, including sexual harassment
- Conflict or poor workplace relationships and interactions.
Psychological harm or injuries from psychosocial hazards include conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep disorders. Psychosocial hazards can also lead to physical injuries, including musculoskeletal injury, chronic disease and injury following fatigue-related workplace incidents
Benefits of Implementing the Psychosocial Code of Practice:
Implementing the Psychosocial Code of Practice offers benefits to your company and its employees. By prioritizing mental health and well-being, companies can experience improved employee morale, reduced sick days, increased productivity, and better retention rates. Employees, on the other hand, benefit from a supportive work environment, reduced stress levels, improved work-life balance, and enhanced job satisfaction.
How does ABC Group support our employee's mental health?
ABC Group are committed to the mental health and well-being of our employees, clients and customer. We acknowledge the impact that mental health has across the construction industry and Australia. ABC Group are committed to supporting those who are impacted by psychosocial issues by reducing the stigma, educating our team and changing the narrative around mental health as a company.
The Psychosocial Code of Practice serves as a valuable resource for companies seeking to create a work environment that promotes mental health and well-being. By incorporating the key principles outlined in the code, companies can foster a positive workplace culture, enhance employee engagement, and ultimately reap the benefits of a healthier and more productive workforce.