How can organisations help employees thrive? the development of guidelines for promoting positive mental health at work

Davenport, Lauren J, Allisey, Amanda F, Page, Kathryn M, La Montagne, Anthony D and Reavley, Nicola J 2016, How can organisations help employees thrive? the development of guidelines for promoting positive mental health at work, International journal of workplace health management, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 411-427, doi: 10.1108/IJWHM-01-2016-0001.

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Title How can organisations help employees thrive? the development of guidelines for promoting positive mental health at work
Author(s) Davenport, Lauren J
Allisey, Amanda FORCID iD for Allisey, Amanda F
Page, Kathryn M
La Montagne, Anthony DORCID iD for La Montagne, Anthony D
Reavley, Nicola J
Journal name International journal of workplace health management
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Start page 411
End page 427
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016-01-01
ISSN 1753-8351
Keyword(s) workplace health
Positive psychology
Positive mental health
Summary Purpose - Benefits of positive mental health have been demonstrated across work and non-work domains. Individuals reporting positive mental health experience better work performance, better social relationships and better physical health. Additionally, positive work environments can contribute to employee mental health. The purpose of this paper is to develop "expert" consensus regarding practical, actionable strategies that organisations can implement to promote positive mental health in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach - A Delphi consensusmethod was used to establish expert consensus on strategies to promote positive workplace mental health. A 278-item questionnaire was developed and strategies were rated over three survey rounds by two panels comprising 36 workplace mental health practitioners and 36 employer representatives and employees (27 and 9, respectively), employees with experience of promoting positive mental health and well-being in the workplace (total - 72 panellists). Findings - In total, 220/278 strategies were rated as essential or important by at least 80 per cent of both panels. Endorsed strategies covered the topics of: mental health and well-being strategy, work environment that promotes positive mental health, positive leadership styles, effective communication, designing jobs for positive mental health, recruitment and selection, supporting and developing employees, work-life balance, and positive mental health and well-being initiatives. Originality/value - The guidelines arising from this study represent expert consensus on what is currently appropriate for promoting positive mental health at work from the perspectives of workplace mental health practitioners, employers and employees, and constitute a resource for translating the growing body of knowledge in this area into policy and practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJWHM-01-2016-0001
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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