R U OK? Day 2020: Supporting Employee Mental Health Remotely

Supporting Employee Mental Health Remotely

R U OK? Day 2020 might be the most important one yet. Beyond Blue estimates that their call numbers have increased anywhere from 40-60% since COVID-19 hit. With so many people working remotely, the line between employer and employee has been blurred and now more than ever, Australian businesses need to support the mental wellbeing of their employees.

Join Employment Hero’s HR experts, Susanna and Lauren as they discuss the benefits of supporting mental health in the workplace, staying connected and low-cost mental wellbeing strategies. 



R U OK? Day is an amazing initiative that highlights the importance of regular and honest communication. It’s important to remember that R U OK? Day is just a starting point, and it’s important that Australians continue to check in on their friends, family and colleague throughout year too.

For workplaces that want to ensure their employees are happy, healthy and productive, employee wellbeing programs can have a huge effect – both financially and culturally.

Although 1 in 5 people will struggle with mental illness in their lifetime, 1 in 2 managers believe their employees are unaffected by mental illness. Employers should make it a priority to be properly informed about mental illness and acknowledge that:

  1. Mental illness is more common than people realise
  2. It is caused by a number of different factors, including genetic, biological, social and environmental
  3. People who are mentally ill are not able to ‘pull themselves out of it’ 
  4. With proper treatment, the vast majority of mental illness cases are treatable

In this webinar, Susanna and Lauren will cover:

  • How to support mental health in the workplace
  • Staying connected despite social distancing requirements
  • Starting the conversation in your own workplace, and
  • Keeping the conversation going after R U OK? Day passes

Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces an estimated $10.9 billion per year. Broken down, that’s $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $6.1 billion in presenteeism and $146 million in compensation claims. Supporting mental health in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do for your people, it’s the right thing to do for your business.

The impact of COVID-19 on businesses is already known, but the impact it will have on mental health won’t be clear for some time. Beyond Blue estimates that their call numbers have increased by between 40 and 60% since March, which is an early indication of the damage done. Ensure your employees are supported by starting the conversation this R U OK? Day.

For more tips on implementing an employee wellness strategy, read our blog.