The State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia and New Zealand

While only 52 percent of employees in Australia believe that their workplace is mentally healthy, 76 percent believe their workplace is physically safe. Employers do want to make sure that employees are safe, but mental health is somewhat more nebulous and difficult to protect than physical safety. Only five in ten Australians believe that their senior leaders value their mental health at all, which is a tremendous disconnect to have between employer and employee.

In 2019, the New Zealand Workplace Barometer determined that more than a quarter of employees feel depressed. Stress can be a significant predictor of mental health-related illnesses. Compared to other countries, workplace bullying was seen to be abnormally high in New Zealand. Between one in five to one in three New Zealand workers report being bullied at work.

During the pandemic, 23 percent of Australian and New Zealand adults reported experiencing anxiety, stress, and sadness — despite the government taking swift action. 18 percent of adults in New Zealand and 21 percent in Australia reported hardship related to paying for basic necessities, compared to 7 percent in the Netherlands and 6 percent in Germany.

If employees felt that they weren’t being supported before, they are likely to be even more in need now.

Australia and New Zealand have been able to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic through isolation and shutdowns. But these shutdowns themselves, while necessary, can eventually take a mental toll, especially due to lower social interaction and feelings of isolation. This is something that employers are going to need to consider moving forwards.

What challenges does it tackle?

Reducing onsite accidents

These cost Australian businesses $61.2B a year.

Reducing onsite accidents

These cost Australian businesses $61.2B a year.

Reducing onsite accidents

These cost Australian businesses $61.2B a year.

Reducing onsite accidents

These cost Australian businesses $61.2B a year.

How it works

Our qualified professionals coach and educate your team to recognise your body’s warning signs that signal it’s time for a physical and mental reset. Delivered onsite, your team can put theory into action within their own work environment, which increases uptake and memorability while recruiting champions from within your team helps the change become part of the culture.

We understand every workplace is unique, so we use a 4-step approach to understand exactly where we need to focus.