QIG Overview Video

QIG Overview

What does it take to feel safe at work?  Who is responsible for ensuring our safety in workplaces, and how do organisations, leaders and individuals ensure that we are creating work environments that are safe? Workplace health and safety is serious business and while organisations are now adept at ensuring physical safety, there is now a concerted effort to understand what is required to create psychosocial safety. 

Psychosocial safety refers to the the whole work ecosystem;  the ways in which workplaces manage and address the psychological and social well-being of their employees. A psychologically safe workplace is one where employees feel valued, respected, and supported in their work; they are free from discrimination, harassment, and other more subtle forms of negative behaviour that undermines self-esteem.

According to Safe Work Australia, there are many situations that could be psychosocial hazards. When these issues are repeated, or more than one is experienced, this may lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or sleep disorders.