Psychosocial risks are workplace operations that increase stress and reduce mental wellbeing.
For a workplace to be mentally healthy, it must have strong foundations and managing psychosocial risks is an essential part of these foundations.
National psychosocial risk ratings
At a national level, psychosocial risk ratings range from 2.1 to 2.5 on a scale from 1 to 5 where 5 is the highest risk. While workplace psychosocial risks are moderately low, action is needed to get closer to the lowest rating.
Too much or too little work or responsibility
Lack of positive feedback, recognition or rewards for good work
Poor change management
Lack of clear communication, consultation or effective processes during workplace changes
Poor management support
Inadequate assistance or guidance from leaders
Low job control
Limited control over decisions relating to how work is performed
Poor role clarity
Limited understanding of work tasks, responsibilities or expectations
Poor workplace relationships
Interpersonal conflict, inappropriate behaviour, discrimination or bullying
Poor working environment
High temperatures or noise levels, cramped workspace, poor lighting or an unsafe environment
Exposure to abuse or violence, or lack of support following trauma
The healthiest workplaces, those that are truly thriving, have very low risk ratings for all nine psychosocial risks.