Tips for a healthy worksite over the festive season

The last two years were not what anyone expected. The pandemic not only disrupted our personal lives but it affected the way we work too. For many in construction, farming, and transport, the work didn’t stop – instead it became busier and more challenging. People’s expectations of services stayed the same, and in many cases, the demand increased.  Testing became a requirement to manage, we saw endless changing regulations, and product delays became the new normal.

As we head into the festive period it is important to be mindful of how the year has affected you and your workmates.

To look after your mental wellbeing, and that of your workmates, consider the following tips for your workplace.

  1. Take leave if you can: research has proven that taking leave is mutually beneficial for your mental health and productivity. If you are a team leader or manager, it is important to lead by example and encourage your workers to take time for themselves.
  2. Make time to have a chat: before people start heading on holidays, take the opportunity to sit down and have a private conversation. Use this time to understand how the year has been for them, how they are coping with their workload, express gratitude for their role, or perhaps start an “R U OK?” conversation.
  3. Have clear job expectations: with people away, it is important that everyone’s responsibilities are clearly outlined. Check everyone is aware of who is filling in/stepping up if certain site managers or team leaders are away.
  4. Create inclusive celebrations: as the year draws to a close, many companies will throw events to celebrate. It is important that these events are inclusive so that all workers can participate. Instead of heading to the local pub, maybe try a team activity like lawn bowls or an escape room.
  5. Be kind to yourself: the rush before Christmas can sometimes be the busiest time of the year as we aim to meet deadlines. Remember to promote self-care, offer additional support to those who need it, and make sure deadlines are realistic and achievable.
  6. Promote support services: for many of the reasons listed above, the festive season can be a busy and stressful time. Make sure your workplace is promoting a range of support services and/or your Employee Assistance Program. For a list of support services to promote, click here.

The OzHelp team would like to wish you and your family a safe and joyful festive season. We encourage you to spend quality time connecting with loved ones, practicing self-care, and enjoying the things you love most.

Support is available

If you or someone you know needs support, there is help. To start a conversation, call OzHelp on 1300 694 357 (9 am- 5 pm, Mon – Fri, AEST).

For 24/7 support, reach out to Lifeline: 13 11 14Beyond Blue1300 224 636, or the MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78.

Newsroom

  • Join OzHelp’s Reference Group

    Join OzHelp’s Reference Group

    OzHelp is calling for expressions of interest from people with experience in, or connection to, high risk industries including building ...

    Read more

  • MEDIA RELEASE | OzHelp releases new report: It’s tough out there

    MEDIA RELEASE | OzHelp releases new report: It’s tough out there

    Today, the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) released a new report It’s tough out there, which brings together important evidence to ...

    Read more

  • OzHelp survey finds tradies most stressed by work pressures

    OzHelp survey finds tradies most stressed by work pressures

    A new survey by OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) that takes the pulse of the mental health and wellbeing of tradies nationally, ...

    Read more

  • Year in Review Annual Report

    Year in Review Annual Report

    Today, the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) released its Annual Report highlighting the services and support it has provided in 2020-21. Over 48,000 ...

    Read more

  • MEDIA RELEASE:  Australia’s Truck Drivers at breaking point as industry ramps up for Christmas period.

    MEDIA RELEASE: Australia’s Truck Drivers at breaking point as industry ramps up for Christmas period.

    National suicide prevention organisation OzHelp, is calling for compassion and understanding towards truck drivers as they work under unbearable pressures ...

    Read more

  • Supportive conversations in the workplace

    Supportive conversations in the workplace

    In Australia, 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness in any given year, and almost 50% of the population experience an episode ...

    Read more