Everyone has a role to play. You have already made a commitment to worker wellbeing to create a stress-free, safe and thriving workplace.
Workplace wellbeing is a shared responsibility. Make sure your workm8tes know their rights and responsibilities by ensuring you have the right policies and procedures in place.
No Stress workplaces should have policies and procedures in place covering:
Code of conduct
Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
Grievance and conflict resolution
Mental health and wellbeing
We’ve pulled together some draft policies and a procedure for you to download and make your own.
Code of conduct policy
Bullying & harrassment policy
Make sure everyone's on the same page about the standards expected of them in the workplace.
Have a plan for managing unacceptable behaviour.
Mental health & wellbeing policy
Grievance & conflict resolution procedure
Be on the front foot with a policy to support the mental health and wellbeing of your workm8tes.
Conflict is inevitable, but that doesn't mean you can't be ready to resolve it.
Step up & put your policies in place
Follow these steps to help you develop the essential policies and procedures for creating a stress-free, safe and thriving workplace.
Step 1. Create a draft
Use these templates we’ve drafted as a starting point.
Adapt these templates to suit your workplace’s needs and specific goals around stress, wellbeing and physical and mental health. Disclaimer: these templates are a general guide only and should be used a reference . You will have to tailor them to reflect the needs of your own workplace, and regulations in your industry, state or federal laws. You should always seek legal advice.
Step 2. Get some skin in the game
Consult with your workm8tes. All workm8tes should have an opportunity to review and comment on your workplace’s policies and procedures. Involve your people in the development process. Seek their ideas and feedback and get your entire workplace talking about creating a stress-free workplace. The commitment and participation of your workers is essential to creating a supportive, responsive and productive working environment that benefits everyone. If you feel like you need a little more guidance on how to get everyone involved, take a look the guide we’ve developed for you on how to co-design lasting solutions.
Step 3. Promote it
Once you have finalised your policy (or procedure) and it has been approved by senior management, make sure you circulate the approved policies and procedures to all workm8tes; and incorporate them into worker inductions, training and performance discussions.
Step 4. Walk the talk - be a champion
Your workplace leaders should set the benchmark for behaviour and performance. They need to walk the talk, by demonstrating the right behaviours and practices, and showing that they take your workplace policies and procedures seriously. Don’t wait for a complaint. Take immediate action to address any breaches of policy or procedure.
Step 5. Revisit and revise
Review new policies after six months; then every year check to ensure policies and procedures are still current or if they need to be updated.
Take the time to look at your: code of conduct; bullying, harassment and discrimination; and mental health and wellbeing polices, and decide if they still reflect your workplace’s values or if you need to refresh them.
 Templates adapted from Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Assist and BeyondBlue’s The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance