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Research Articles

The Centre for Corporate Health regularly publishes papers on topical issues affecting Corporate Health.

Past issues of Research & Insights includes articles on the following topics.

WELLBEING | Managing Your Team's Wellbeing During the Festive Season

25th November 2016

Sure, the festive season is a time to be jolly, but for some, feelings of loneliness and stress often rear their ugly heads. RACHEL CLEMENTS provides her top tips for managing your team’s wellbeing during the festive season. more ›

RTW | Returning to Good Work

25th November 2016

What can managers do to support return to good work? When returning to work there are numerous practical, psychological and potentially physical obstacles that are in the way. KRISTIN TINKER AND GRACE KOUVELIS report. more ›

FEATURE | Intimate Partner Violence

25th November 2016

A recent study released by ANROWS has found that intimate partner violence has serious impacts for women’s health and contributes more to the disease burden for women aged 18-44 than any other contributor. So what can we do to prevent it? NICHOLA JO... more ›

DIVERSITY | Unconscious bias

31st August 2016

When our brain relies on snap judgements to make important decisions, equality within our workplaces and our communities is what suffers. NICHOLA JOHNSTON reports. more ›

FEATURE | Lonely? You are not alone...

31st August 2016

The importance of social connectivity on health and wellbeing has been gaining increasing prominence in the research, so with R U OK? Day just arond the corner, BELINDA WILLIAMS, Senior Consultant Psychologist at Centre for Corporate Health takes a deeper look at loneliness and how we as a community... more ›

WELLBEING | Coping with grief and loss

31st August 2016

How can I support a colleague experiencing grief or loss? What are the signs that they are not coping? RACHEL CLEMENTS provides some practical tools for coping with giref and loss. more ›

WELLBEING | Workplace wellbeing programs

26th May 2016

It is suffice to say that most organisations are now well aware that employee wellbeing programs are not just something to put in place simply to check a box. Many organisations are moving beyond the “compliance mentality” when it comes to employee wellbeing and are implementing proactiv... more ›

FEATURE | Perpetrators of domestic and family violence: A workplace response

26th May 2016

With the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report in Victoria and the increased media coverage of domestic violence, many organisations are devising or reviewing their domestic and family violence policies and procedures. When it comes to incorporating the organisation’s res... more ›

OPINION | Mental health, violence and the media

26th May 2016

Watching such events unfold on the evening news, I have been astounded at the diagnostic skills of the newsreaders who seem readily able to discern that the killers are “undiagnosed schizophrenics”, “mentally unstable” who are often reported as “snap... more ›

What are organisational psychopaths?

16th March 2016

By Emma Howard Arguably, the impact of organisational psychopaths on organisations can be devastating and pervasive. Psychopaths can cause mild to moderate consequences or result in severe and even catastrophic effects on an organisation. Working as a consultant Psychologist for many years across ... more ›

Domestic & Family Violence: A Workplace Issue

16th March 2016

By Nichola Johnston & Amelia Flores-Kater 1 in 3 Australian women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and of these women it is estimated that 800,000 are currently in paid work. These figures should be enough to get workplaces thinking about how they can reduce the prevalence a... more ›

Why don’t we just “get on with it”?

16th March 2016

By Kristin Tinker In the world of workplace injury and rehabilitation, we have all spoken about the importance of early intervention for people who experience an injury. We know that recovery and return to work rates are more impressive when identified and managed early on, and people quite often ... more ›

The Mask of Mental Health

16th March 2016

By Debra Brodowski In January 2016, Lifeline noted that “for the first time in its 52-year history, Lifeline received more than a million requests for help from everyday Australians in 2015, including the busiest ever four month period for the 13 11 14 telephone line” toward the end o... more ›

TRAINING - Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

4th February 2016

Mental Health in the workplace is a growing concern for many organisations, particularly those where employees are in high stress and demanding professional environments. This program introduces Managers, HR and WHS personnel to the industry’s best practice intervention strategies to assist or... more ›

TRAINING - Managing Mental Health in the Legal Profession

3rd February 2016

Mental Health in the legal profession is a growing concern for many firms. This program introduces Managers, HR and WHS personnel to the industry’s best practice intervention strategies to assist firms to better recognise, respond, refer and review mental health issues at work. more ›

The Role of Leadership in Building a Mentally Strong Workplace

1st December 2015

We all know about the importance of leadership and its role in building high performing, adaptable workplaces cultures. We also know that effective leadership is an essential ingredient for enhancing teamwork and productivity, and creating the kind of workplace culture that drives innovation and cre... more ›

Keep Up The 'Good Work'

1st December 2015

With awareness of the health benefits of work and the relationship between unemployment and ill health (be it mental health or sustaining a physical injury) rapidly increasing, it appears that a view point has formed that returning to any form of work after injury is good for our health. Recent stud... more ›

Peer Support and Mental Health

1st December 2015

Whilst there is an increasing awareness of mental health issues and its prevalence at work, employees are still unlikely to come forward and acknowledge that they may be suffering from a diagnosable clinical condition. There is still some residual stigma attached to an employee admitting to their ma... more ›

Is Being a Perfectionist Impacting on Your Ability to Perform at Work?

1st December 2015

Whilst an element of perfectionism can be a good thing, the paradox to perfectionism is that in the pursuit of excellence and setting high standards for ourselves, these standards can get in the way of our happiness and can actually ‘impair’ our performance. Taken to extremes perfection... more ›

Responding to a Critical Incident in the Workplace

18th June 2015

Workplace incidents and accidents, though not common, can occur in any workplace. Incidents and accidents tend to be in the area of serious workplace injuries that may be witnessed by one or more team members, through to a fatality in the workplace. more ›

To Disclose or NOT to Disclose...

18th June 2015

Employees who do not want their mental illness to be discovered by the workplace can, in most cases, quite easily conceal it. Those who are determined to conceal a clinical state can do so without too much difficulty. With this in mind, we find ourselves in a situation where, in most cases, employee... more ›

Is Personality Testing the Future of Claims Prevention and Management..?

18th June 2015

There are so many factors that affect a person’s recovery from injury. Typically, Insurers, Employers, Rehabilitation Providers, Doctors and all other involved parties look towards known “risk factors” of a claim becoming protracted. But what role does a person’s personality ... more ›

Planning for Recovery to Escape Learned Helplessness

6th February 2015

In compensation schemes we often see individuals in a situation of despair where they lose hope in their situation, environment, recovery and future. These people have often had some previous attempts to “fix” their problems, quite often unsuccessfully. They often believe that they need ... more ›

Workplace Responsibilities in Supporting the RTW of an Employee

6th February 2015

From a workplace perspective, in accordance with the requirements under the WHS Act 2011, the safe return to work of an employee that has been absent from the workplace for an extended period of time is considered a necessary requirement. Following from this, it is now lawful for an employer to requ... more ›

Mind the Gap: Are your Learning & Development Programs Bridging the Knowing-Doing-Being Gap?

6th February 2015

Australian organisations invest millions of dollars a year in learning and development for their staff. Despite this significant financial and time commitment for these programs the fact of the matter is, when the training or program event is over, the learning stops. more ›

The Resilience Box Overview

6th February 2015

Overview of our resilience education program, The Resilience Box more ›

Coping with Trauma

17th December 2014

Regardless of the traumatic event experienced, individual responses can be extremely varied. Most people experience some kind of emotional reaction and while these emotions can feel unpleasant, they are normal reactions. The experience of a sudden and violent death or other traumatic event can gener... more ›

Tis the season to be jolly...not for everyone

25th November 2014

Whilst it is commonly promoted that Christmas is the festive time of year, a time to celebrate and rejoice; for a proportion of people, this is not the case. Some people can see the festive season as a source of increased distress.   more ›

Workplace Mental Health Strategies

17th October 2014

Are your workplace mental health strategies effective? Let's take a look at what works and what doesn't... more ›

Spring Clean for your Well-Being

10th September 2014

Most of us live our lives, to a greater or lesser extent, on autopilot. We have to really, to some extent, because the degree of concentration required to focus on every small task every day would be so enormous that we’d be completely exhausted. more ›

R U OK? Day - "Do you have any spare undies?"

10th September 2014

While there are some questions you shouldn’t ask at work, “are you ok?” isn’t one of them. more ›

Maintaining Personal Resilience Through Organisational Change

10th September 2014

Whether it is referred to as ‘strategic change’, ‘rightsizing’, ‘workplace transformation’, or any other catchphrase, organisational change is a challenging experience for all involved. It is an emotionally draining process for those waiting to see if they stay or... more ›

Public Program 2014 - Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

10th September 2014

A 2 Day In-Depth, Mental Health First Aid Training Program for HR Professionals, OHS/WHS Practitioners and Senior Management more ›

Hello Darkness, Goodbye Sun

19th June 2014

It’s this time of the year that many of us begin to mourn the diminished presence of sunlight and prepare ourselves to battle through the winter months. We wrap up warm, stay indoors, eat more, consume more alcohol, work longer hours, all of which can often lead to us spending less time in the... more ›

Different Insurance, Similar Issues

19th June 2014

The presence of mental health issues in the insurance marketplace is on the rise and it isn’t discriminating; Workers’ Compensation, Income Protection and Compulsory Third Party, have all been affected. A common theme throughout these different insurance schemes is that while the percent... more ›

The Tale of the Preventable Tail

19th June 2014

Tail claims- complex, costly and barrier ridden, refer to claims where recovery has not been possible for 12 months or more. Such claims are not enjoyable for any party involved. Add mental illness to the mix and it seems these claims become more stuck, are lengthier and are increasingly costly as t... more ›

Riding the Redundancy Wave

19th June 2014

Redundancy, which is a very value laden term for those affected, is occurring each and everyday and many people are suffering in silence, not knowing how to cope in this time of change. By increasing our resilience, the period of transition does not have to be as stressful nor take as much of a toll... more ›

Preparing Lawyers for the Ever Changing Business Environment: Lasting the Distance

13th February 2014

Through my consulting work within law firms I am continually hearing about the ever changing business environment in which law firms now operate. This new business landscape creates many pressures which lawyers at all levels of seniority must be adept at coping with in order to get ahead. This ... more ›

It Takes all Kinds of Minds: Neurologically Diverse Workplaces

13th February 2014

Managers everywhere want to know how they can enable employees to think outside the box and solve problems in a more efficient manner. The answer may well be that managers have been overlooking an extremely intelligent and dynamic group of people in the recruitment process for certain positions. Thi... more ›

Life Insurance and Psychological Illness Claims: Findings from our Recent Pilot Program

13th February 2014

The effort and costs of engaging Income Protection claimants in a holistic psychological rehabilitation program are far less than the cost of having to pay a policy out to the end date. A recent pilot project conducted by Resilia with a leading Australian Life Insurer has supported the notion that t... more ›

Work/Life Balance: My Balance is Better than your Balance

13th February 2014

The topic of work/life balance is one that is hotly debated. Talks and articles flood the internet in their thousands claiming to have found the perfect ‘balance’ or discredit a theory in an effort to put forth their ‘better’ theory as the answer to this age old question. Thi... more ›

Tis the Season to Be Jolly: Coping with the Holiday Season

17th December 2013

The Christmas and holiday season is often very demanding at the best of times. It can be particularly challenging for people if they don’t have any family close by, have recently split from a partner, have lost a loved one or have been suffering from a mental illness. Relationships are often s... more ›

Mental Health in the Workplace: Is your “head in the sand” or are you forging new pathways?

2nd December 2013

It is acknowledged that dealing with mental health issues at work is a difficult issue to navigate for employers. It is no surprise then to note that workplaces still try to minimise the issues relating to mental health of an individual as a strategy in order to delay action.  more ›

Neuroplasticity: The science of redesigning your brain for the better!

2nd December 2013

Psychologists & neuro-scientists, until recently, believed that changes in the brain could only take place up until a certain age and that by early adulthood the brain’s physical structure was permanent, hence the aforementioned saying. Turns out they were WRONG, which is great news for th... more ›

Protecting Your Organisation Against Workplace Bullying and Harassment: How prepared are you?

2nd December 2013

Workplace bullying can be subtle in its form by engaging in repetitive behaviours that purposefully seek to marginalise, exclude and isolate; or they can be more extreme ranging in acts of physical violence or aggression often resulting in serious injury or death. It is estimated that workplace bull... more ›

Prevention is the Cure

5th September 2013

In the current economic climate where organisations are attempting to limit unnecessary costs, why are many Australian workplaces spending increasing amounts of money on psychological injury claims? more ›

The "Mental Health Intervention Framework": The CPR for Mental Wellbeing

5th September 2013

On the 12th of September it will be R U OK? Day, and while we focus on making sure we check in with friends, family and colleagues, we also need to look at what organisations can do to reduce the risk of mental health issues and suicide amongst its employees. more ›

Are You Leaving the Hardest for Last?

5th September 2013

It’s natural to leave the hardest things to last – and sometimes that ends up creating additional costs. This is the risk that some long-term psychological injury cases face as we head towards a deadline for capacity assessments by 31 December this year. more ›

Third World Congress on Positive Psychology

5th September 2013

On 27 June 2013, thousands of Positive Psychologists descended upon Los Angeles for the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. The three days of the conference were jam packed with international leading researchers in the area of Positive Psychology such as Dr Martin Seligman, Dr Mihaly Csiksz... more ›

Cyber Bullying: The New Form of Workplace Bullying

25th July 2013

Technology has many benefits, but there is also a dark side. Cyber bullying is becoming a global problem with prevalence no longer limited to high school, Facebook and savvy teens; it has infiltrated our workplaces and is increasing rapidly. more ›

Culture Audit: The Definitive Guide

17th May 2013

At the Centre for Corporate Health, we are interested in working on culture transformation  projects that lead to significant improvements for our clients. An important component of culture transformation is a culture audit. Over the past thirteen years, we have learnt that to get the most out ... more ›

The Resilience Box™: A Revolutionary Emotional Resilience Program

17th May 2013

Recently we were engaged by a major insurance company to provide Mental Health Awareness training to their clients as part of a broader psychological injury risk management program.  One of their clients recently experienced a three-fold increase in their workers compensation insurance premium ... more ›

Stress Less in 2013: A Practical Guide to Stress Reduction

17th February 2013

The concept of ‘stress less’ appears to be gathering some momentum in the media. This is a great idea and crucial to our ongoing good mental health, but how exactly do we achieve this and how realistic is the idea of eliminating our stress all together? This article offers practica... more ›

How To: Improve Your Optimistic Thinking

17th February 2013

Martin Seligman, world renowned Psychologist has devoted much of his career to exploring optimistic and pessimistic thinking styles. Ideally, our aim should be a level of 'healthy optimism' where the 'healthy optimist' is able to balance taking on too much or too little respon... more ›

Resilia Rehabilitation: Benefits of Return to Work

17th February 2013

Research supports the fact that employment is generally the most important means of obtaining adequate economic resources, which are essential for well-being and participation in today’s society; work is central to individual identity, social roles and social status (Wardell & Burton, 2006... more ›

Mental Health: Proactive Risk Management Could Protect Your Organisation's Bottom Line

12th November 2012

A recent poll of ASX Top 300 companies by Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA) revealed that over 40% of participants did not perceive mental illness as a potential risk to their organisation. Of those that did, close to half said their organisation did not have policies in place to manage this ris... more ›

Mediation: The Impact of Early Intervention on Psychological Injury Claims

12th November 2012

Conflict in the workplace is a widespread problem faced by HR departments and managers, and mediation is commonly used to help resolve the issues caused by this conflict. Unfortunately, mediation is often only considered when the issues have escalated from small, niggling problems into formal p... more ›

Resilia Rehabilitation: Practical Tips for Employers to Support Return to Work Employees

12th November 2012

Psychological claims are notoriously complex in nature. This complexity means that a holistic approach to recovery and rehabilitation undoubtedly produces the best results and a key element of a successful rehabilitation case is the support employers provide to those workers returning to work after ... more ›

2012 RUOK? Australian Workplace Relationships Survey: Results Revealed!

21st August 2012

The 2012 RUOK? Australian Workplace Relationships Survey was developed in partnership with the Centre for Corporate Health and was completed by over 1500 individuals. The survey was designed to take a snapshot in time as to the current state of Australian workplace relationships across a range of in... more ›

Difficult Conversations: A Practical Guide to Achieving the Best Outcomes

20th August 2012

Having, rather than avoiding difficult or awkward conversations are part of effective workplace interaction and performance. Without sufficient preparation and care, we often do not achieve the desired outcomes. The very nature of these discussions can cause emotions to run high and damage relations... more ›

Resilia Rehabilitation: The Impact of Early Intervention and Workplace Relationships

20th August 2012

On average, a psychological injury claim can result in an injured worker being absent from work for more than 20 weeks, and this costs an employer an average of $29,000 per claim. Psychological injury cases are often more complex and take longer to reach conclusion than physical rehabilitation claim... more ›

Mindfulness: The New Form of Rejuvenation and Regeneration

14th May 2012

Have you ever noticed that at times when engaging in a simple, often repetitive task such as driving, washing the dishes or hanging out the washing, your mind tends to wander and may arrive at your destination or complete the task but have no memory of the actual journey? This state of ‘tuning... more ›

PERMA Principle: Practical Applications

14th May 2012

Over the past decade or so there has been a significant increase in the interest in the area of positive psychology, both in the academic sphere as well as practical applications into everyday life. The founder and key proponent of positive psychology has been Dr Martin Seligman. He popularised the ... more ›

Resilia: Launch of a Revolution

14th May 2012

On 2 May 2012, industry insiders gathered in the Sydney CBD for the official launch of Resilia, Psychological Rehabilitation Specialists. Established by the founders of the Centre for Corporate Health, this launch marked the official commencement of what Tony Bradford, Managing Director of Resilia a... more ›

Emotional Resilience: How Hypersensitive Reactions impact Workplace Bullying and Workplace Culture

13th February 2012

Workplace bullying is a concern for many organisations with some studies suggesting that as many as 1 in 3 employees will experience workplace bullying at some point in their careers. Although this statistic does appear alarming, our research has revealed that while many bullying claims lodged f... more ›

Team Rejuvenation: A Positive Approach to Managing Team Conflict and Dysfunction

13th February 2012

Unsatisfactory organisational performance is often directly related to these major contributors: team conflict, organisational change or uncertainty. These scenarios are not uncommon in today’s complex work environments, however many managers are unsure as to how to respond to such challen... more ›

Vocational Assessment: A Great Tool for Clarity on Role 'Fit'

14th November 2011

Organisations are increasingly looking to Vocational Assessments as a constructive way of managing the process where a staff member appears to not ‘fit’ in a role, or is struggling in their role. Where this process is well managed by professionally qualified psychologists, it often provi... more ›

Nine Errors in Thinking: Emotional Resilience

14th November 2011

As we discussed in our last Research & Insights there is a huge amount of fear and uncertainty as global markets, governments and businesses try to deal with what looks like continued financial uncertainty. While things in Australia have not been quite as difficult, at the Centre for Corporate H... more ›

Under the Radar: Substance Misuse at Work

14th November 2011

We are all aware that substance misuse has significant detrimental effects in all areas of one’s life. Commonly misused substances include alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, marijuana and methamphetamine (ice). A National Survey has revealed that one in twenty Australians, aged 16-85 years (5.1%... more ›

Cyberbullying in the Workplace

15th August 2011

We have all heard about the devastating effects cyberbullying can have on school children, but what about similar bullying in the workplace? Cyberbullying is becoming a global problem and with 1 in 3 employees experiencing bullying at some point during their working life, its prevalence is incre... more ›

Emotional Resilience: in the face of a possible GFC Mk 2: 10 Key Factors to Understand

15th August 2011

Whether or not we are on the verge of a second GFC (Global Financial Crisis) or simply operating in volatile, uncertain times; one thing is certain - Resilience is a key factor in ensuring we are able to function effectively despite what is occuring around us. Resilience is the process of adapti... more ›

Narcissism in the Workplace: When Hypersensitive Reactions dominate the Workplace

16th May 2011

Have you ever worked with someone who no matter what the situation would never admit they were wrong? Have you ever experienced an overly emotional (hyper-sensitive) reaction from a colleague or employee? Have you ever worked on a project and someone else took all the credit for the ideas? How about... more ›

Managing a Traumatic Event at Work: An Organisational Case Study

6th December 2010

This paper discusses the recent intervention provided by the Centre for Corporate Health to a professional service firm, based in the Sydney CBD. This event, a suicide of a staff member on the premises, occured during the working day and was witnessed by many of the firm's employees. This pa... more ›

What is Corporate Health?

6th December 2010

The quality of an organisation's human resources is a direct reflection of the psychological well being of all organisational members. We call this 'corporate health'. We can assess and measure the state of an organisation's Corporate Health by monitoring both the individual and ... more ›

Improving Organisational Performance by Building Emotional Resilience

4th October 2010

Recent statistics on the topic of emotional distress in the workplace reveals it to be a significant issue that is increasing in prevalence in Australian workplaces. Due to escalating costs associated with staff well-being issues this is a topic that requires urgent attention by both public and priv... more ›

Maximising Organisational Effectiveness

6th September 2010

At the Centre for Corporate Health we strive to help organisations achieve their goals through the effective use of their human resources. When we talk about 'effectiveness' we really mean that people have the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to do the work they are supposed to do in or... more ›

Combating Workplace Stress

7th June 2010

It has only been recently that workplace (occupational) stress has been recognised as an important issue facing Australian businesses. Organisations have now started to take the issue of occupational stress seriously as they have witnessed first hand the negative effects of stress. Occupational ... more ›

How to create an Inspiring Workplace Culture

3rd May 2010

Just imagine if your staff just naturally thought about how to fix problems and took action all by themselves, rather than waiting to be told to do it. Just imagine if your workforce treated workplace safety just as importantly as achieving key budget or financial targets, rather than some nuisa... more ›

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