WorkWell research into effective leadership for mentally healthy workplaces

The relationship between psychological health, wellbeing and safety in the workplace is an evolving area of research and policy, and psychological safety as a concept has become a more prominent focus of research.


New research for leaders and decision makers

Across 2019 and 2020, WorkWell commissioned research aimed at supporting leaders to create psychologically safe workplaces. The research, completed by KPMG, involved more than 800 business leaders across Victoria, and explores the methods and skills needed to influence positive change in the workplace.

Scope and objectives The aim of this research was to develop a picture of leading practice in leadership for psychological safety in the workplace.

  • Objective 1: Identify the most effective approach to engaging leaders in order to maximise opportunities for behaviour change.
  • Objective 2: Identify the key leader capacities and mindsets required to both address the impact of work-related factors on mental health and safety and to create workplace cultures that promote psychological health, safety and wellbeing.

This report was finalised in August 2020 and is freely available to download and read.