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In this Issue

1. The hidden risks of workplace incivility
2. NEW: Workplace Psychological Health Advisory Services
3. Your Invitation to CommuniCorp events
4. CommuniCorp welcomes Sharon Bent
5. Dates for your Diary
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 1. Workplace Psychological Health - The hidden risks of workplace incivility to psychological safety and productivity

Australian workplaces face an often invisible yet increasing threat to productivity that, if not addressed and rectified, can compromise the psychological health of employees and the workplace. Incivility is an insidious threat that can lead to increased absenteeism, presenteeism, grievance claims, workplace conflict as well as increased workers’ compensation claims for psychological injury.

In this article CommuniCorp's David Burroughs reflects on risks of unchecked incivility in the workplace and advice on reversing this trend.

Read this article on the CommuniCorp Blog here.

2. NEW: Workplace Psychological Health Advisory Services

With CommuniCorp’s team on hand, organisations can significantly augment their existing strategic and operational workplace psychological health capabilities and can benefit from the decades of combined international experience in workplace mental ill-health prevention, early intervention and management.

Full details about this new service are available here.


    3. Your Invitation to CommuniCorp Events

System-Based or Symptom-Based?
Approaches to Workplace Mental Health

Presented in association with Herbert Smith Freehills

With widespread recognition of the need to address workplace mental health there has been a proliferation of approaches, with quite variable effectiveness, adopted across corporate Australia. Unfortunately, considerable amounts of money are often wasted in this domain chasing quick-fix solutions that usually do not work, and in some cases exacerbate problems. As a generalisation, the mental health landscape in corporate Australia is geared towards community and not-for-profit based programs that are symptom and mental ill-health oriented and mostly take a tertiary, treatment and psychological injury management approach.

Very few providers are genuinely set up for, or philosophically and commercially dedicated to, an integrated approach to workplace psychological health concerns. What is required is a commitment and capability to develop real early intervention capabilities, as well as adopting workplace systems and processes addressing the psychosocial factors that influence psychological wellbeing in the workplace. As such there is a clear and urgent need for more integrated, systemic approaches based on a deep understanding of workplaces.

It is not enough to adopt tertiary reactions that focus on symptoms and responses to existing mental health problems. Having an EAP provision, implementing RUOK days or undertaking Mental Health Week initiatives, while important, are insufficient as they do not address psychosocial factors, culture, systems and practices that strongly influence wellbeing at work.

To learn more about these programs and to register your interest to attend, visit www.communicorpgroup.com

NOTE: Strict eligibility apply with respect to role, seniority and organisational size to ensure a genuine peer learning environment.
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    4. Sharon Bent joins the CommuniCorp executive team

CommuniCorp is excited to welcome on board Sharon Bent, joining our experienced team as a Principal Consultant Psychologist. Having consulted to CommuniCorp for several years, Sharon has now taken on an executive leadership position and will be heavily involved with national CommuniCorp operations and service delivery.

Sharon is a highly skilled organisational psychologist and coach with over 20 years’ experience facilitating groups and training programs in a wide variety of organisations.

Sharon’s special interests involve developing a wide range of workplace and professional capabilities including high level motivating and influencing, organisational flourishing, resilience, management of complex people issues, psychological risk management, conflict savviness, high performance teams and maximising job-person fit.

Her expertise in translating complex psychological principles into plain language practical strategies, coupled with her engaging and playful facilitation style, means that she is a highly sought after practitioner, particularly when the learning messages are challenging to receive and implement.

Read Sharon's full profile on the CommuniCorp Blog here

5. Dates for your Diary - where to catch CommuniCorp

CommuniCorp's team are in demand as expert speakers, discussing Workplace Psychological Health strategies at a number of high profile events around the country

   Safety Institute of Australia "Sydney Safety Symposium"
David Burroughs will deliver a presentation entitled "Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workplace – Systemic Approaches to Preventing Psychological Injury"

Form more details, head to the CommuniCorp events page here.

   5th Annual Safety Psychology Conference
CommuniCorp's David Burroughs will deliver a keynote session on "Managing psychosocial risk in the workplace"

Form more details, head to the CommuniCorp events page here.

   National Workplace Health and Safety Law Congress
CommuniCorp will present on "Preventing psychological injuries from a corporate perspective"

For more details, head to the CommuniCorp events page here.

    Join the Psychologically Healthy Workplaces Australia LinkedIn Group! It's a hub where like-minded professionals can meet and discuss issues related to this growing area. A great resource tool, we will post the latest information and provide access to white papers, checklists and much more. Join now by clicking here or searching Psychologically Healthy Workplaces Australia through your LinkedIn page.

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