The Health Care and Social Assistance Industry is ranked 13 out of 19 in terms Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing in 2021. It scored 65.1 for their overall Thriving Index, which is below the National Average of 65.6. This is a drop of 1.6 points from 2020.
This industry has been particularly hit by the pandemic, so it understandable that there is a dip across all domains this year. Although there has been an overall decline across all five domains, there has been growth in some elements within the capabilities, culture and policy domains.
In this, we can see team leaders are making sure workers have the resources to do their work even though it is reported that workers feel their leadership is not seen to be encouraging, or accessible to their workers. It appears that team leaders have taken on this task to build strong connections and cohesion.
At ground level, this has subsequently led to a rise in one of the indicators in the culture domain, where workers are reporting they are committed to their work team. With so much on the plate within this industry at this time, there was still a rise in the indicator within policy outlining there was easy access to private counselling and support, which is an important asset considering the times.