Your leadership responsibilities during a crisis

As a leader, your legal responsibilities in a crisis include:

Keeping people physically and emotionally safe, communicating, monitoring changing needs, leadership, and getting people back to work – which includes providing support and flexibility.

It IS your responsibility as an Executive to:

  • Create and maintain a safe and supportive workplace where employees can thrive
  • Be aware of the legislation, policies and procedures related to mental health and wellbeing
  • Walk the talk as a leader
  • Protect employee privacy
  • Treat all employees equitably and respectfully
  • Know about MH&W resources available to employees.

It IS NOT your responsibility as an Executive to:

  • Diagnose mental health problems
  • Provide counselling or therapy
  • Know everything about mental health and wellbeing or have all the answers
  • Be a one-stop MH&W service to employees
  • Tolerate unacceptable behaviour or under-performance in the context of mental health.
  1. Primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of all workers while they are at work or carrying out work for the business.

  2. Adopt a systematic approach to identify and mitigate risks to worker health and safety and continuously improve health and safety performance.

  3. Take all reasonable steps to eliminate (or control) hazards with regard to likelihood, consequences and available controls.


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