THE COST TO THE BUSINESS

AUSTRALIA

On average each year between 2010–11 to 2014–15:

Australians were compensated for work-related mental disorders

%

of mental disorder claims were attributed to mental stress

weeks is the typical time off work with a mental disorder claim

The main causes of serious mental disorder claims were:

%

Work pressure

%

Work related harassment or bullying

%

Exposure to workplace or occupational violence

Source: Safe Work Australia – Mental Health

UNITED KINGDOM

million working days are lost annually because of workplace bullying

%

of annual loss due to bullying-related absenteeism

weeks is the typical time off work with a mental disorder claim

A 2014-15 Australian Workplace Barometer Project, collected via telephone from 4,242 employees nationwide. Key findings included:

The total cost of depression to Australian employers due to presentism and absenteeism is estimated to be approximately $6.3 billion per annum.

Workers with psychological distress took four times as many sick days per month and had a 154% higher performance loss at work than those not experiencing psychological distress.

This equates to an average cost of $6,309 per annum in comparison with those not experiencing psychological distress.

Relative to workers with high engagement, workers with low engagement have approximately 12% more sick days per month and an average performance loss of eight per cent, costing employers $4796 per annum.

Source: Safe Work Australia – The Australian Workplace Barometer project

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