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The importance of training employees to bounce back

Perth app builds mental resilience for the workplace

A Perth consultancy group has designed an app to help reduce workplace stress.

Brendan Collins, of Tonic Digital, has partnered with employee assistance program provider Access Wellbeing Services to build RESILnZ.

Mr Collins described the free app as a “Fitbit for your mind” designed as a preventive measure to build mental resilience among employees. He worked with Access Wellbeing, formerly Centrecare Corporate, and saw a need to make their services more user-friendly.

“The good thing about them is they have really rich content but it’s not really in a user-friendly format so I though it could translate into an app,” he said.

Meditation, podcasts, mood monitoring and goal setting are features of the app. A user can connect it to wearable technology to monitor how their heart rate affects their state of mind.

Access Wellbeing Services figures reveal mental illness costs the Australian economy about $190 billion a year, or 12 per cent of gross domestic product.

One in four young people has a mental illness and Australia loses nine million…


The importance of training employees to bounce back

resilience training

Employees in a Resilience in the Workplace study reported positive outcomes, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and Harris Poll. More than 1,000 adults participated in the resilience training with 73% reporting their health improved as a result. Some said they had more energy, exercised regularly and experienced an improved quality of life.

AHA’s CEO Roundtable released the report, which offers practical guidance to employers who hope to implement resilience training programs. Two-thirds of the employees polled report work as a significant source of stress.

Resilience training can help employees reduce stress and depression in the workplace, AHA says. It can help them develop…


Good leadership, self-compassion key to tackling physician burnout

The American Conference on Physician Health, which took place Oct. 12-13 in San Francisco, attracted 425 attendees, mostly physicians, from 44 states and seven countries. It featured a range of speakers, from medical students to experts on physician burnout. They shared personal experiences, presented research and offered tips on coping with stress. The conferences other co-sponsors were the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic.

Tait Shanafelt, MD, the chief wellness officer at Stanford Medicine, noted that nearly half of physicians — 45 percent — currently show at least one symptom of burnout. Not only do burned-out physicians provide lower-quality care, he noted, but replacing physicians who leave because of burnout costs the United States $5 billion a year.

He added that the problem can spiral within an organization: “There’s an infectious component of burnout,” he said. Other members of the care team “learn cynicism.”

Conference speakers agreed that administrative requirements — such as entering information into electronic health records, or EHRs, and filling prescriptions — contribute to physician unhappiness. But they also blamed a toxic culture in many health care organizations…


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