Work related stress is the number one risk factor in the aged care industry. Working with seniors can be rewarding, but can also take its toll on workers. Caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society and dealing with emotional issues such as deterioration can be challenging.
Research shows that introducing a workplace wellbeing program has huge benefits for a business including improved morale, reduced presenteeism, increased productivity and increased creativity and innovation. In fact, for every dollar invested in mental health strategies, the workplace stands to gain $2.30.
Equipping aged care workers to better manage their emotions leads to improved general wellbeing, reduced stress levels and better quality of care for seniors.
Managing stress early can prevent a breakdown in mental health so it’s important for leaders to know their employees, recognise symptoms, intervene early and offer help and support. Support from the top is essential to ensure the success of a wellbeing program.