CTC leads the way with its Mental Health & Well-being Initiatives

It’s Mental Health Week which gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of mental health and well-being in the workplace. CTC recognises it has a leadership role in advocating best practice and innovation in well-being to our tenants and our stakeholders.

Mental health is a very important concern for those running organisations. Under workplace health and safety legislation employers have a statutory duty to ensure that their workplaces do not cause mental health issues. Employee Assistance schemes are one thing, but in terms of duty of care, employers will be asked to demonstrate that they have a culture that encourages both physical and mental well-being.

Listed below are some examples of how CTC supports good mental health on our precinct to both our staff, and also those of our tenants.

  • Leave

Taking regular leave is paramount to health and safety as well as well-being. In addition to statutory requirements, CTC provides two days additional “well-being leave” per annum. Recognising the adage “the more we give, the happier we feel”, CTC staff may take an additional two days leave per annum to volunteer for a registered charity.

  • Breaks

Regular breaks outside of lunch can be beneficial to workplace productivity. A worker who has had a sleepless night because of a young baby in the house can be a safety hazard at work. CTC staff may take a sleep break of up to 20 minutes duration per day in our “5R’s” Room.

  • 5R’s Room

CTC provides a room where research, reading, rest and quiet reflection can take place. This doubles as a meditation room, contains our Well-being Library and is a rest zone. The 5R’s Room is available to both our staff and those of our tenants.

  • Mindfulness

CTC staff are provided with the opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation training is provided to all staff.  Those using the 5R’s room for meditation may take up to ten minutes break without the need to pay back this time.

  • 24/7 Gym

There is a now a great body of research that says exercise is good for mental health. CTC has a fully equipped gym that is available to all workers whether they are employed by CTC itself or a tenant. For a minimal joining fee (currently set at $60 per annum), workers can access the gym 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Employee Assistance Program

CTC provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for use by CTC staff members and their immediate family. This cost is met by CTC for up to 3 consultations per year.

  • Lifestyle Bonus

Having a good work-life balance is essential to physical and mental well-being. The provision of a workplace ‘bonus’ worth $500 per annum is one way that CTC advocates creating a healthy balance. In summary CTC will reimburse up to half the expenditure incurred by a staff member in purchasing movie or theatre tickets, holidays, family entertainment, massage etc.

For more information about CTC’s worker health and well-being initiatives, visit our dedicated website www.buildfitness.me.

Lifting Skills Fly the Flag

Suicide among construction workers has become a growing concern over the past decade and this year, Lifting Skills, with the support of MATES in Construction are Flying a Flag for the cause.

MATES in Construction is a charity that was established in 2008 to reduce the growing level of suicides in the Australian construction industry.

The organisation is based on the idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and that it is the role of everyone in the construction industry to improve the mental health and well-being of workers, and reduce the number of suicides.

This year 252 construction sites, offices and workplaces are Flying the Flag for MIC as a sign of their commitment to playing their part to reduce the number of suicides in construction.

On the 10th of September 2015, Lifting Skills, a tenant of CTC, will Fly a Flag off one of their cranes in support of the cause.

Matt Shuker, General Manager of Lifting Skills Brisbane believes that getting involved was of high priority for their company. ls

“CTC is a large site, with lots of people from all over the construction industry. I think it’s a great way to spread the word about such an important issue”, he said.

When asked why he thought the issue was of such high importance, he had a great deal to say.

“People in construction are often isolated in their working environments and are away from their friends and families for 3-4 weeks at a time, and it gets to them. Sometimes when they come back on their time off, there are a lot of people around, which is really confronting. It’s a lonely process,” he said.

“Traditionally construction is full of grumpy men, and when someone is already feeling lost and everyone around them is acting tough and grumpy, it makes it difficult to speak up,” he said.

“I had a personal experience where I helped a close work colleague who was dealing with mental health issues, and I saw first hand what can happen. He’s doing really well now, which I think is great,” he said.

Matt also had some ideas on what more could be done to support the cause.

“There need to be regular forums in a relaxed environment where everyone starts to feel comfortable talking about their issues,” he said. “MATES in Construction enable that to happen”.

CTC will also be flying a flag in their office to show their support.

Lifting Skills will host a BBQ on the day, where all gold coin donations will go directly to MIC.

For more information visit: www.matesinconstruction.org.au