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Information of interest to our Clients and for the industry


Upskill, Update and Refresh with Work Options’ Online Training

Face-to-face training can be costly, time consuming and logistically challenging, especially during these difficult times.  That’s why Work Options has developed a series of online training courses to reduce costs and give you and your employees flexible access to training any time of day.

Our training is conducted through an online training management system that both groups and individuals can access once registered.  With your user login, you’re able to see what courses you have in progress, those completed and also get a certificate as evidence of your training.  Each course is approximately 30 minutes long, containing videos, slides, animations and information sheets and quizzes requiring minimum pass marks.

Current courses:

Introduction to Drugs & Alcohol in the Workplace (1A)

Managing the Risk of Drugs and Alcohol in my Workplace (1B)

These two courses are designed to go together and aim to educate all workers on the risk of drugs & alcohol at work. They can be used as general training or to incorporate into your induction program. Each course is approximately 30 minutes and include competency quizzes and a certificate of completion.

1A provides general information on drugs & alcohol, including: drug definition and classifications; effects of drugs & alcohol on body, health & behaviour; detailed information on alcohol, other drugs and medications; drugs & alcohol in the Australian workplace – risks to you and your work, laws, WHS and obligations of workers in relation to drugs & alcohol at work.

1B provides information on the key components of a Drug and Alcohol Management System, including: its purpose, elements, privacy, code of behaviour; understanding misuse; education; drug & alcohol testing & post-testing actions; support and discipline.

Managing Drugs & Alcohol at Work – A Guide for Supervisors & Managers

This course is designed for supervisors & managers who have responsibility for managing people or projects. It covers the role and responsibilities of supervisors and managers in managing the risk of drugs and alcohol at work, including: obligations of the business, workers and supervisors; identifying drug & alcohol misuse, signs & symptoms; what to do in a number of scenarios, such as a reasonable concern, WHS incidents, voluntary disclosure; managing drug testing and results, refusal, and breaches of the code of behaviour; and other issues, such as privacy, communication and safety.

Drug and Alcohol Program Officer Training

This course is designed for the designated contact within an employer for their drug and alcohol management program. It provides specialized training on: conducting a reasonable concern interview, managing drug and alcohol results, conducting risk assessments, implementing the drug and alcohol management program and developing Drug and Alcohol Management Plans for individual workers after a positive drug or alcohol screen.

New courses coming soon!

Mental Health Consulting and Training

With much uncertainty about the future, significant changes to home and work life, and fears around the current health crisis and its economic impact, we understand that this can be a difficult time for individuals and businesses alike. Our Mental Health Expert can deliver online consultation and training to assist you in maintaining a mentally healthy workplace and provide tailored strategies and programs to deliver a safer, happier and better supported workforce.

Watch this space for upcoming dates

10% Discount on Employee Assistance Programs for Work Options Customers

With one in five Australians currently suffering from a mental health concern, it is likely that this figure will increase over the coming months, particularly as we see the future of work changing for many. Work Options would like to extend a 10% discount on all EAP services, so that your employees and their families have access to vital assistance when they need it, can develop coping strategies and resilience, and are well supported through these uncertain times.

Find out more or contact us 

Why leadership and culture is imperative to safety

Do a couple of Google searches around risk taking in the Australian workforce and it’s easy to see that not everyone has a positive attitude towards safety and injury management. Many employees, particularly in larger businesses, tend to adopt a rule breaking approach if it’s likely to get a job done faster. So how can we as Leaders alter employee perception and, when it’s not always a simple task, should we?

 

Absolutely we should!

The latest figures show that work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy $61.8 billion, with 77% of that worn by employers. So really, we’re mad if we don’t!

 

As Leaders it is up to us to provide the foundation for a strong culture of safety for our employees. We should enforce a top-down approach, adopting a proactive leadership style and promote a positive attitude towards safety in the workplace.

 

So how do we achieve this? Here are 8 simple steps to get you started that will make an immediate difference to your safety culture:

 

  • Commit to being risk adverse – write it into your company values if you need to but ensure that you are committing fully if you really want to be a positive safety leader
  • Walk the talk – lead by example, show your employees how to be safe, raise topics for discussion, reward safety initiatives and ideas and never break the rules!
  • Keep informed and educated on safety – talk to people, read, hire an expert… do whatever you can to ensure you are well informed around safety relating to your specific industry
  • Ensure you have a policy in place – most businesses already do, but do some benchmarking to ensure it’s up to standard
  • Communicate the policy from the top down – make sure your employees understand that their safety at work is paramount and the policy is  enforced
  • Listen to your employees – ensure they are given regular opportunities to voice their concerns and can do so in an environment and with someone they are comfortable with
  • Act on issues – what’s the point in being risk adverse if you’re not going to act on the issues, right?
  • Update employees – when an employee has had the confidence to voice a concern, ensure that you keep them updated regularly on any outcomes

So at this point, you’re either ready to start making some positive changes, or you’re waiting for the punch line. Well, here it is… remember that figure? $61.8 billion!

 

You can’t afford not to make some changes. Throw the rule-breaking approach out the window and refuse to contribute to the statistics! You might just be surprised too because there’s no doubt you’ll also profit from the additional benefits of a strong safety culture: happier employees, higher productivity, positive business relationships, less absenteeism and reduced claims costs.