The Importance of Prevention Programs

 

We are thrilled to see our workplace injury prevention and psychological resilience programs on the Channel 9 News. As a corporate health consultant it is pleasing to see an increasing number of employers recognising the benefits of mindfulness, resilience and injury prevention programs at work. With ongoing support and collaboration with mental health organisations such as ‘Heads Up’ and ‘Beyond Blue’, resilience training, mindfulness coaching and neuroplasticity training can cultivate positive outcomes for both the employee and the organisation.

Mental health conditions, stress leave and compensation claims present a substantially high cost to organisations. At any given time, compensation claims may be in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to this, a PwC report produced in 2014 estimated that issues associated with staff mental health may cost companies up to $11 billion per year, due to absenteeism (not showing up to work), presenteeism (reduced productivity when working with an untreated condition) and compensation claims. However, through this successful implementation of an effective action to create a mentally healthy workplace organisations, on average, can expect a positive return on investment (ROI) of 2.3. That is, for every dollar spent on prevention programs, there is an average return of $2.30 gained by the organisation. Initiatives recommended in the 2014 PwC report included resilience training, wellbeing check-ins or screenings, coaching and mentoring, and education.

Mental health injuries not only result in significant costs for organisations, but when employees are constantly on ‘auto-pilot’ then productivity is also reduced. We like to think of the opposite of mindfulness as ‘mindlessness‘ which is really when we aren’t paying attention, we aren’t listening properly, we aren’t tasting our food and the world passes us by without us really being here for it. In this way, mindfulness programs can lead to greater sense of well-being, improved work engagement and life satisfaction, and a greater sense of value within the organisation.

Attention training has proven physical and psychological benefits and can greatly reduce mental health risk factors in the workplace. Our signature eight week mindfulness- based psychological resilience program, Wise, is a holistic approach to mental health and stress reduction. A regular cultivation of awareness practices over eight weeks can produce significant positive changes in brain grey matter and neuroplasticity. This reshapes the brain towards greater calm and compassion, helping staff generate the inner wisdom necessary for stress resilience and a peaceful, happy mind.

Through participation in our programs employees strengthen their ability to cope with the challenges of everyday life, stress, suffering and pain, and prevent injuries. They are better able to deal with difficult events with more grace and composure and learn how to be more present and happy, with a stable mind.