The Solution: A systems-level approach is required


Historical approaches to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace have been superficial (at best) and do not work. While well intentioned, the group acknowledged that a deeper, more fundamental approach was needed for lasting change and to ensure investments are measurable.

Taking a systems-level approach, where we seek to understand the complexities and interdependencies in relationships across the workplace, enables us to move beyond the superficial and surface levels, and focus on the root of the problems and challenge.

While the core financial drivers for corporations may seem to compete with the principles of a wellbeing workplace, this is a naive perspective. A happier workplace is a more engaged workplace. A more engaged workplace is a more trusted workplace. A more trusted workplace is a more productive workplace. A more productive workplace is a more sustainable and higher performing workplace.

A clear purpose and agreed set of objectives is crucial when embarking on a change program such as this. There should be no net loss. When we change any system there is always some impact. It can be disruptive and uncomfortable, and often confronting to those who have historically benefitted from the old ways of doing things.

The United Project is recommending a staged, considered and holistic approach to becoming a wellbeing workplace. That we use this opportunity to embed wellbeing-informed practice within our organisation’s core operating model. This ensures that wellbeing is fundamental to the way we work, not an afterthought.

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