Half unhappy at work according to new research

NINE out of 10 Australian employees think a mentally healthy workplace is important, but half admit they don't work in one.

Research by Australian company TNS also found only 46% of Queensland workers say their workplace is mentally healthy - the lowest in the country.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service acting executive director of Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs, Robyn Bradley, said it was just as important for workers to look after their mental health as it was to look after their physical health.

"This is a joint responsibility between the employer and the employee," Miss Bradley said.

"It is important that individuals acknowledge and take responsibility for managing potential stresses in the workplace by looking at issues such as communication, problem solving and time management.

"It is also important that they look at developing strategies outside the workplace to help reduce impact of stress - creating a good work and life balance."

Miss Bradley stressed that the employer has responsibilities to ensure that they create an environment that mitigates risk for the employee.

"Prevention is always better than cure, so recognising strategies that reduce workplace or individual stress is important and they should be implemented early.

"If people are experiencing high levels of stress or feeling depressed or experiencing anxiety, seeing your general practitioner is always a good start," she said.



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