refers to the change since 2020, and highlights that the index score increased by 0.5 points
Pinpoints the overall thriving workplace score in 2020 (65.1)
Graph: Australia Thriving Workplace Score year on year
Australian workplaces are on the up
The great news is we’ve seen the national thriving workplace score continue to climb from 65.1 in 2020 to 65.6 – not even a prolonged pandemic could stop Australia’s workplaces from improving! While workplaces are on the right track with the recent 0.5 point increase, most are still a long way from thriving.
Graph: Australia’s Thriving Workplace Score year on year
The proportion of working Australians who have reportedly experienced a mental health condition during their lifetime increased again over the last year, up from 59.5% to 61.8%. This includes those who said they experienced anxiety or depression but didn’t categorise it as a mental health condition.
More workers believe their mental health condition is related to their workplace
…nearly a quarter of workers believe they have a mental health condition that their workplace caused or made worse (22.3%).
People who believe their workplace caused their condition increased from 6.6% to 8.9%, while 13.5% believe their workplace made their condition worse (up from 10.5%). Non-work related mental health conditions also rose, up from 23.0% to 27.8%.
Of the 53.5% of Aussie workers who experienced a mental health condition in the last 12 months, the proportion is much higher for workers who…
Identify as female
Are 18 – 24 years old
Have a casual role
Work in the Accommodation and Food Services industry*
Are based in Victoria
Victorian workers have had a particularly tough year:
Psychosocial risks are workplace operations that increase stress and reduce mental wellbeing.
For a workplace to be mentally healthy, it must have strong foundations and managing psychosocial risks is an essential part of these foundations.
National psychosocial risk ratings
At a national level, psychosocial risk ratings range from 2.1 to 2.5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is the highest risk. While workplace psychosocial risks are moderately low, action is needed to get closer to the lowest rating.
Too much or too little work or responsibility
Lack of positive feedback, recognition or rewards for good work
Poor change management
Lack of clear communication, consultation or effective processes during workplace changes
Poor management support
Inadequate assistance or guidance from leaders
Low job control
Limited control over decisions relating to how work is performed
Poor role clarity
Limited understanding of work tasks, responsibilities or expectations
Poor workplace relationships
Interpersonal conflict, inappropriate behaviour, discrimination or bullying
Poor working environment
High temperatures or noise levels, cramped workspace, poor lighting or an unsafe environment
Exposure to abuse or violence, or lack of support following trauma
The healthiest workplaces, those that are truly thriving, have very low risk ratings for all nine psychosocial risks.