Court Services Victoria (CSV) has been fined around $379,000 because of a harmful workplace culture at the Coroners Court of Victoria. This culture contributed to the suicide of one worker and led to many others taking stress leave.
From at least December 2015 to September 2018, workers at the Coroners Court faced risks like exposure to traumatic materials, conflicts in their roles, heavy workloads, poor relationships, and bad behavior in the workplace. They made complaints about bullying, favoritism, verbal abuse, and more. Some workers even reported feelings of anxiety, PTSD, and stress.
Court Services Victoria admitted they didn't properly assess and address the psychological health risks to their employees. This case shows that a workplace's culture is linked to the mental well-being of its workers.
WorkSafe’s says to prevent work-related mental injuries, employers should:
- Promote a positive workplace culture
- Consult with employees to identify and address psychological health risks
- Implement policies for reporting and responding to hazards
- Check in with employees regularly and offer support
- Manage workloads effectively
- Train leaders to support employees
- Listen to employee feedback during organizational changes
- Inform workers about their rights if they become unwell
- Provide confidential support for mental health and well-being