Source: Safety at work
By: Margaret Tra
One in three rural and regional
workers take at least one day off work every few months because
they are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed,
according to a research commissioned by Medibank Health
The research revealed that unrealistic work and a lack of
work/life balance are forcing Australian workers to take time
out from the workplace, with almost one in five taking one day
off every month.
Despite this, the surveyed employees reported that less than a
third of employers have a program to support workers who are
dealing with mental health issues.
The survey of 1000 employees was commissioned to identify the
key mental health issues facing workers in rural and regional
areas and whether there are enough support services in the
community and workplace.
The research revealed that 78 per cent believe that there is
not enough support devoted to those with mental health issues
in their community, with depression, substance abuse and
work-related stress identified as the most prevalent.
Dr Matthew Cullen, group general manager of Medibank Health
Solutions, said the results show that mental health issues
among staff are often overlooked by employers or there was a
lack of awareness about existing services.
"While a lot of time and money is invested into providing a
safe physical work environment, the effect that workplace
pressures have on an employee's mental health is being
overlooked at a huge cost to employers," Dr Cullen said.