R U OK? Day in the Workplace, 14th September 2017

5 September 2017

R U OK Day

Thursday 14th September is RUOK? Day, a day when we are encouraged to reach out and connect with people by asking a simple question.

Set up in 2009 by the three sons of a successful management consultant who committed suicide, RUOK? Day started one million conversations in its first year. The non-profit organisation advocates that “if someone's doing it tough, the simple act of asking ‘Are you OK?’, can help stop little problems getting bigger.” 

In recognition of the fact we all spend so much time at work, RUOK? Day encourages employers to register via its website and access a free tool kit on how to get staff involved in the day.

According to the RUOK? Day website “stress and depression are the largest contributors to lost productivity in Australia, directly costing employers an estimated $10.11 billion a year. In addition, workplace counselling for anxiety and stress has increased 68 per cent and 76 per cent respectively since 2007.” 

A place where asking the question “are you ok?” can really work is in the workplace. As employers or staff, we can all create a culture where people feel confident asking and answering this most important question. Besides our legal responsibility of providing a safe and healthy workplace, these conversations can make a real difference to staff going through a tough time.

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