CMM Technology prides itself in keeping abreast of latest research into industry best practice. In recent years, the move towards Workplace Wellbeing has become a central tenet of progressive and successful industries, organisations, corporations and businesses, and needs to be considered as part of an appropriate and preventative approach to stress and drug and alcohol use in the workplace.
So, what are our aims for a healthy workplace? How do we develop a workplace environment that incorporates current research into wellbeing and workplace contentment, as well as employee health and optimum performance?
Recent research into neuroscience has vast and revolutionary implications for workplace wellbeing and productivity. In his recent visit to Australia, Dr. Dan Siegel, Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of the bestselling Mind sight, stated we can do a great deal to improve the wellbeing of our adult population through the development and implementation of simple wellbeing practices that strengthen brain and mind integration and social and emotional health of all employees. These practices can be adapted to the workplace easily and efficiently and with minimum cost.
Likewise, HR specialist and consultant, Michael Carroll, author of The Mindful Leader applies these key principles of wellbeing to organisations and business leaders, stating that such strategies can indeed cultivate courage and confidence in the workforce, as well as heal toxic workplaces cultures where stress, alcohol and/or drug usage and a lack of balance obstructs productivity, joy and camaraderie. Citing the example of the Monash University Medical School study, where 60% of medical interns were exhibiting symptoms of extreme burnout, Carroll reveals how these burnout symptoms – were actually lessened when the interns were introduced to simple breath and relaxation exercises. This view is also echoed by Professor Barbara Pocock from the University of South Australia. Pocock’s recent 2010 study revealed a balanced approach to work and life and holidays is important for ongoing employee health and satisfaction.
In addition, it is vital to develop a program of drug and alcohol monitoring that acts as a foundation for the continual monitoring and consequent intervention and rehabilitation wellbeing programs that may be required for employees. An approach that incorporates wellbeing, as well as appropriate testing procedures may indeed help with the ongoing productivity and health of a work community and a work population.
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 Siegel, Dr. Daniel. Mindsight. Random House, 2009.
 Carroll, Michael. The Mindful Leader, 2007. Shambala Publications, Boston Massechusetts.
 Pocock, Barbara, Skinner, Natalie and Pisaniello,Sandra. How much should we work: Working hours, holidays and working life: the participation challenge. The Australian Work and Life Index 2010.