January 17th, 2020

Mindfulness in Work Health and Safety

In the context of work health and safety, mindfulness is the conscious
awareness of factors that affect or may affect work health and safety.

Mindfulness of work health and safety in the workplace is a report that looks at three aspects of organisational mindfulness with regard to work health and safety as measured by three sets of questions

  • What businesses count on
  • Sensitivity to operations
  • Preoccupation with failure

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Australian
Strategy) seeks to explore the action area of Leadership and culture:
Leaders in communities and organisations promote a positive culture for
health and safety.
This report summarises findings from the Perceptions of Work Health and
Safety Survey 2012 in terms of mindfulness (the conscious awareness) of
work health and safety for Australian businesses and Australian workers.
The report presents this information with regard to worker type, business
size, occupation and industry.

Mindfulness: A guide for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals explains the benefits for a workplace

  • Decreased presenteeism and absenteeism
  • Increased retention of skilled staff
  • A positive, creative working environment
  • Helping employees with existing mental health conditions
  • Encourages employee engagement

Research has also demonstrated that practising mindfulness can assist employees to take a pre-emptive approach to manage their mental health, emotions and stress in the workplace.

Many workplaces now offer mindfulness to their employees and research tells us that practising mindfulness does have some benefits for mental health and wellbeing. Beyondblue.org.au

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