Reducing psychosocial risks should be part of every leadership conversation

Managing and eliminating psychosocial risks has become front of mind for every Australian business recently, but the difficulty arises when employers are required to practically address these risks to foster a high-performance culture.

As a first step, it is crucial for managers to have a strong overview of their workplace’s culture, which includes:

  • How employees’ work is designed – do they have enough job control, how to monitor job demands etc
  • What leadership behaviours trigger and/or influence psychosocial risks

Many businesses (including leaders, WHS and HR professionals) need more practical guidance on how to meet their legal obligations of identifying and preventing psychosocial risks while aiming to drive a highly productive workforce.

What makes our training stand out? 

Psychosocial risks impact an employee’s mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, however these risks are hard to measure in comparison to physical risks.

Our brand-new program on psychosocial risks challenges this notion to better equip leaders with the practical skills to support employees and foster a healthier workplace. We believe at its core, a workplace culture that prioritises safety and health builds a thriving workforce.

Using our signature Workplace Reality Theatre training method, we draw on industry and sector-specific case studies, allowing participants to respond to real-time scenarios played out by professional actors. Participants receive feedback from our expert facilitator on how to assess issues that require escalation versus those that can be resolved by providing employees with the right resources.

Designed for

HR, WH&S, OH&S professionals and senior managers

Maximum number of participants


Delivered as

Face to face, Virtual. 


Full day session

Psychosocially compliant

Course content

  • Understand how leadership behaviours can prevent the prevalence of psychosocial risks and it’s subsequent risks on an employee’s health, wellbeing, performance and productivity.
  • A practical summary of the intent, principles and key elements of the new psychosocial legal obligations, customised to the state(s) your business operates in.
  • Interactive discussions to help identify the psychosocial risks most likely to be present in your business and industry.
  • Practical techniques for consulting with employees to identify psychosocial risks, including how to spot the warning signs in their communication, engagement and performance.
  • How to design organisational, team and employee level intervention strategies to address psychosocial risks.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a practical understanding of the legal responsibilities to identify and manage psychosocial risks.
  • Gauge the psychosocial risks most likely to be present in their organisation and industry sector.
  • Tailored psychosocial risk assessment process implementation, suitable for your business and workforce.
  • The link between leadership behaviours and building a productive and psychosocially safe workplace.
  • Equip internal team with the capability to create a plan of action for psychosocial risk mitigation.
  • The organisational and team-level interventions that build a productive and psychosocially safe workplace.

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