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Mental health apps are unregulated in Australia and experts warn they could be harmful if they don’t

Mental health apps alone could be harmful

ABC News published today an excellent warning about how mental health apps could be harmful – if they do not have a human layer of personalised, clinical expertise. With nearly 9 million Australians aged between 16 and 85 experiencing a…

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We talk to Brian Long about psychosocial risk, psychological health and safety, employee wellbeing.

Mirvac’s Brian Long talks psychosocial risk and employee wellbeing [Video] [2 of 2]

Mirvac’s Brian Long recently sat down with Sonder’s CEO Craig Cowdrey to talk about psychosocial risk, shared responsibility, and employee wellbeing. Their conversation shares some fabulous quotes and insights about creating a wellbeing culture that moves beyond traditional HR and…

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We talk to Brian Long about leadership, self-care, workplace wellbeing, and younger generations.

Mirvac’s Brian Long talks leadership, self-care, and workplace wellbeing [Video] [1 of 2]

Recently, our CEO Craig Cowdrey had the pleasure of talking with Mirvac’s Brian Long about leadership, self-care, psychosocial risk, shared responsibility, workplace wellbeing, and the different expectations of younger generations. Their conversation delivers some great insights into how a prominent…

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Employee wellbeing data like you’ve never seen it before

Increasingly, P&C leaders are under pressure to identify and act on new initiatives that drive lasting, positive outcomes for the wellbeing, health and safety of their people. And despite the proliferation of data sources, the age old question remains; Where…

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Psychological health and safety at work: a spotlight on psychosocial risk

With $904.9 million per year of compensation paid for work-related mental health conditions, it’s no surprise that one of the hottest leadership topics right now is psychological health and safety. Or more specifically, the management and reporting of psychosocial risks,…

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Employees self-reporting stress may not always need a psychologist. Learn about stepped care.

Do employees self-reporting stress need a psychologist?

With the current barrage of media headlines about mortgage stress, rental accommodation shortages, job layoffs, long waits for urgent healthcare appointments, and people with mental health concerns being turned away from care, it’s heartbreaking but not surprising that many of…

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Wellbeing agents of change: Sean Silvey and Jane Bourke (Melbourne event)

We’re pleased to share part two of our Agents of change for organisational wellbeing event in Melbourne, which recaps some of the highlights from our conversation with Sean Silvey (IAG) and Jane Bourke (Woolworths Group), as they talk about evidence-based…

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Wellbeing agent of change: Jane Bourke (Melbourne event)

Recently, we were delighted to host a gathering of wellbeing leaders at our Agents of change for organisational wellbeing event in Melbourne. Transformational change only happens when leaders ‘walk the talk’, so we were keen to hear how two accomplished…

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Active care is a proactive way to improve employee wellbeing together with business performance.

Why is Active Care the next big trend in employee wellbeing?

In 2023, employee wellbeing and retention strategies need to evolve. Employees want more control and they’re looking to their employers to help them gain that control. From shopping and entertainment to transport and beyond, people now expect to be able…

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How does empowering your employees lead to better outcomes?

The concept of empowerment is “rooted in the 1960s ideology of social action, which embraces community change, capacity building, and collectivity”. But, the term “empowerment” comes from American psychologist, Julian Rappaport, who in 1981 articulated it to describe the process…

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Why should employers share responsibility for wellbeing?

According to the International Labour Organization, “Workers’ wellbeing is a key factor in determining an organisation’s long-term effectiveness”. This means that employers need employees to be safe and well if they are to perform at their best.  But as our…

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Why do workers expect employers to help with their wellbeing?

Pre-2020, few employers meaningfully acknowledged that work and personal lives were inextricably linked. Instead, they sustained “the myth of separate worlds”, as labelled by Harvard Business School’s Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and did not see an employee’s wellbeing as their…

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Dr Jamie Phillips, Medical Director, says psychological debriefing is an employee wellbeing myth.

Debunking 5 myths of employee wellbeing, with Dr Jamie Phillips [Video]

Recently, Sonder’s Dr Jamie Phillips was invited to debunk five myths of employee wellbeing for members of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia. Having personally made mistakes in the past, this is a topic Jamie is passionate about, as he…

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Tips to help organisations minimise the ripple effect and the cost of poor employee wellbeing.

How can organisations minimise the ripple effect of poor employee wellbeing?

In this final instalment of our four-part series discussing the ripple effect of poor employee wellbeing, we provide organisations with suggested next steps for how they can minimise the impact of the ripple effect on both workforce health and lost…

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The ripple effect cost of lost productivity across multiple workplaces is hidden but substantial.

What is the ripple effect costing organisations?

Organisations are leaking millions of dollars each year in absenteeism, presenteeism, workers’ compensation, employee turnover, and the ripple effect of lost productivity from colleagues and family members – all because many employees are not well. What is this costing organisations…

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The ripple effect of lost productivity across multiple workplaces reveals the hidden costs.

Why does poor employee wellbeing affect multiple workplaces?

As discussed in the first article in our four-part series, poor employee wellbeing can cause a ripple effect in the workplace because it can reduce not only the productivity of one employee but many employees. This second article illustrates how…

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The ripple effect of lost productivity reveals the hidden cost of poor employee wellbeing.

How can poor employee wellbeing cause a ripple effect in the workplace?

Healthy employees are the lifeblood of successful organisations. Other factors contribute, such as a workplace culture that is physically and psychologically safe, employment policies that are positive and progressive, jobs that are designed to match employee skills and needs, and…

Australian psychosocial safety rules and regulations 2023. Legislation. Codes of practice. WHS.

Psychological health and safety in 2023: What’s changed?

When ISO 45003 was released in June 2021 – as the first global standard that provided specific guidance on the management of psychosocial risks and the promotion of wellbeing at work in a manner consistent with other health and safety…

Last quarter, we helped 10,000+ employees and students with safety, medical, mental health support.

Do employees need medical support more than mental health support?

Over the years, employee wellbeing initiatives “to keep employees happy” have been many and varied. They’ve included everything from yoga studios, food trucks, NASA sleep pods, climbing walls, puppytoriums, karaoke parties, music-jam sessions, wine bars, massage, in–office scooters, volleyball courts,…


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