The Australian Workplace Barometer: Psychosocial Safety Climate and Working Conditions in Australia

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Maureen F. Dollard, Tessa S. Bailey
Australian Academic Press, 2014 - Psychology - 294 pages
Work related stress represents a huge cost for worker health and ­productivity and is broadly regarded as an important social ­determinant of global health.The Australian Workplace Barometer (AWB) project was developed in order to provide national benchmarks needed to develop best practice standards in the area of worker psychological health and wellbeing. The results as published in this book:* Provide nationally representative data on psychosocial risk levels and working conditions.* Build upon existing knowledge and understanding of ­psychosocial risk factors such as bullying and harassment, and work-family­conflict.* Investigate relationships between psychosocial risk and ­workplace outcomes such as employee health and productivity.* Determine the cost of poor employee wellbeing to businesses based on aspects such as depression, absenteeism. and ­presenteeism.* Identify industries and occupations at risk.* Provide evidence to support strategies for prevention and ­intervention.This book provides a step towards social action and work ­environments that will stimulate problem solving, creativity and ­innovation at work rather than despair through compromised health and wellbeing.

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