People employed in the construction industry suffer from poor physical health and some of the highest rates of mental health incidences in Australia.
Improving the wellbeing of people employed in the construction industry will save lives and must be a key priority for government and industry alike.
Construction has been a leader in protecting the physical safety of its workers, but personal wellbeing is an area for improvement.
Personal wellbeing encompasses physical health needs such as exercise, diet and fatigue, as well as mental health. The construction workforce performs poorly against many mental health measures with a profound impact on individuals, communities and families around the country.
Wellbeing issues are contributing to high rates of turnover, absenteeism and stress / burnout-related leave.
Under ‘Wellbeing,’ the Culture Standard will seek to improve mental and physical health outcomes for workers by instituting programs which help businesses to assess and manage health risks, and promote wellbeing.