Low job control


Tuesday, 20 February 2024
11.00am to 12.00pm (AEDT)

Join Stephen Bell, Managing Director and Consulting Psychologist, Steven Booker as they discuss the first of 14 psychosocial risks - low job control.

Senior stakeholders can find it difficult to act on this risk as they lack an understanding of the positive impacts it can have on their people's wellbeing, engagement and workplace's performance and profitability. As David Lancefield puts it, "Autonomy is the hallmark of an innovative culture," and a lack of employee decision-making opportunities can negatively impact motivation, performance, and wellbeing.

The webinar will shed light on how to identify the risk, review options for eliminating and controlling it, and lastly, outline the benefits - to support you when presenting these issues to your workplace.

What you will learn

WHS laws require employers to identify and eliminate or control psychosocial risks, including ‘low job control, one of the 10 psychosocial risks highlighted by Safe Work Australia.

Low job control can be defined as rigid work processes, systems or micro-managing cultures that limit reasonable levels of employee decision-making and autonomy.

Whilst we understand this definition, employers can find it harder to:

  • identify and benchmark the level of this psychosocial risk in a workplace.
  • prioritise any identified risk for intervention.
  • develop practical intervention strategies that are achievable within the organisation’s context, stakeholder expectations, existing WHS structures and budget.
  • realise how culture and leadership impact on the risks associated with low levels of job control.

"Most employers know they have an obligation to identify and eliminate or control psychosocial risks; but, it can be harder to know how to identify and address those risks in practical terms”, says Steven Booker, Consulting Psychologist, and subject matter expert.

Who is this for

  • WHS Professionals

  • HR professionals

  • Senior managers

What to expect

Part 1 - Quick refresher on:

  • the legal obligation to identify and control psychosocial risks 

  • the 14 key psychosocial risks in the workplace

  • the methods available to employers for identifying psychosocial risks in their workplace 

Part 2 - Deep dive into the risk of 'low job control'

  • why low job control is a risk to employee's psychological and physical health

  • the link between low job control and performance, profitability, wellbeing and compliance

  • practical examples of how low job control manifests in different industries and roles

  • the impacts of addressing low job control on performance, profitability, wellbeing, employer brand and compliance

  • practical intervention strategies available to address low job control

Part 3 - Answer questions

Meet our experts

Stephen Bell, Managing Director

Stephen’s HR proposition is that the quality of a workplace culture is paramount in determining the success of employee engagement strategies.

In hosting this webinar, Stephen will draw upon his years' of experience in providing advice to organisations on the power of workplace cultures and its relationship to employee performance, wellbeing, engagement, and risk mitigation. 

Steven Booker, Consulting Psychologist

Steven's focus is to help employees and employers alike in resolving workplace situations with empathy, fairness and non-discriminatory outcomes.

He does this by providing a mixture of training, coaching, mediation, employee counselling, proactive advice to managers, critical incident management, outplacement, team building, and cultural/team reviews.

How to register

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