Communicate your commitment to creating a stress-free, safe and thriving workplace and let your workm8tes know that addressing causes of work-related stress is a priority for your workplace.
It is best to talk about any new initiative. First with your leadership team, then with your broader workplace. Face-to-face communication is preferred but be sure to follow-up with written communication via email, a noticeboard or similar to make sure everyone gets the same information.
Example leader talking points to lay the groundwork
“Senior leadership has made a commitment to focus on creating a stress-free and safe workplace.
Obviously, COVID has made things tougher for all of us. Many of us have more worry and responsibility at home and going out to enjoy the things we used to do to blow off some steam is more difficult.
You should be going home from work satisfied of a job well done, but not irritated or so tired that you do not have the energy to do the things you enjoy.
There is enough stress in our lives.
The last two years has been challenging for all of us, [add in workplace specific highs and lows]…COVID-19 has been tough - but what it has shown us is how resilient we are and how important our wellbeing is.
Wellbeing is not just about your physical fitness or mental health – it is about your overall health, happiness and satisfaction in life. Our work has a key role to play in this.
We want to reduce workplace stress - tackle those parts of your job that frustrate you, exhaust you, and cause you grief. We want you to go home from work satisfied from a job well done, with energy spare to do the things you enjoy. Not irritated and exhausted.
You are our most important asset your wellbeing is our priority.
We care what you think – so from now on at every meeting we will be checking in with you - asking how you are, and where we can improve.
Please take this opportunity to let us know what is bothering you, what improvements are needed or give a shout-out to someone doing a great job – if you don’t tell us, we don’t know.
It is not meant to have a huge impact on our time – just a quick shout out on issues that we can then follow-up on and resolve them.
If you don’t feel comfortable raising it in a group, then you can raise it confidentially with myself or [insert name] and [insert name] (provide two different contacts and methods of raising an issue).
It’s important that we recognise the good things.
But it’s also important we acknowledge opportunities for improvement.
We want to address the causes of workplace stress and also celebrate what is working to combat it. We are committed to you and to addressing the causes of work-related stress and will review the process in three months to see how it is working.
Thank you for your time.
Now, remember if you or a m8te are going through a tough time?
To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
If you're ever worried that someone's life is in immediate danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.
Or you can speak to [add internal contact or EAP contact]
What questions do you have?"
Make a commitment & keep wellbeing on the agenda
Now you have laid the groundwork - use the agenda guide and action register to keep wellbeing on the agenda and track your actions towards creating a stress-free, safe and productive team.