Reports and Studies

Endocannabinoids and exercise

Exercise induces changes in mental status, particularly analgesia, sedation, anxiolysis, and a sense of wellbeing. The mechanisms underlying these changes remain unknown. Recent findings show that exercise increases serum concentrations of endocannabinoids, suggesting a possible explanation for a number of these changes. This article provides an overview of this emerging field.

Work and Life in a Pandemic: An Update on Hours of Work and Unpaid Overtime Under COVID-19

2020 marks the twelfth annual Go Home on Time Day (GHOTD), an initiative of the
Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute that shines a spotlight on overwork among Australians, including excessive overtime that is often unpaid.

It has been an extraordinary and difficult year, to say the least. Many workers are doing at least some of their work from…

The Impostor Phenomenon: Recent Research Findings Regarding Dynamics, Personality and Family Patterns and their Implications for Treatment

Research on the impostor phenomenon,
an experience of feeling incompetent and of having deceived others about one’s abilities, is reviewed.

Mental Health: Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Vol. 1

Mental ill-health affects all Australians either directly or indirectly. Almost one in five Australians has experienced mental illness in a given year. Many do not receive the treatment and support they need. As a result, too many people experience preventable physical and mental distress, disruptions in education and employment, relationship breakdown, stigma, and loss of life satisfaction and opportunities.

Mental Health: Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Vol. 2

This Inquiry recommends extensive reforms to improve the mental health of all Australians to enable them to realise their potential in life and have the opportunity to make the contribution they want to their community. Everyone stands to benefit from a reformed mental health system, not just those who currently experience mental ill-health.

Overcoming disruption in a distributed world

The way we work has changed.

Every knowledge worker—all 1.25 billion worldwide—has been impacted by
Assumptions about how we work effectively as individuals, teams,
and organizations have been upended.
For many, the abrupt shift to remote work triggered an increase in the adoption
of collaboration tools, and an acceleration of digital transformations.


Leaders today guide their organizations through an unprecedented degree of uncertainty, complexity, and change in our globally connected world. They must
welcome rapid technological advances, respond to increased polarization and upheaval in politics and societies, and evolve their workforces and operations to be innovative, fast, agile, and relevant. This inevitably means leading in environments full of contradictory demands, or paradoxes, where solutions are never clear or simple.

Waves of change: Acknowledging progress, Confronting Setbacks

As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, we looked back at our last pre-pandemic survey to examine how the last three years have impacted Gen Zs and millennials, and specifically how their experiences in the workplace have evolved since then. Notably, we found that Gen Zs and millennials are now more likely to be satisfied with their work/life balance. They feel they have more flexibility in where they work.

The State of Wellbeing in Australian Workplaces

Our findings continue to consistently demonstrate it is possible to thrive even in the midst of struggle. Sustaining our well-being at work is less dependent on situations and more dependent on our abilities to navigate both the good times and successes and the challenges and struggles that occur. Unfortunately, workers’ resilience levels are waning, with only 43% now reporting they were Living Well, Despite Struggles versus 53.1% in 2021. More than two-thirds of workers (68.5%) felt like they were burning out at work. This is impacting workers’ levels of performance, job satisfaction, and commitment.

Mental health today: A deep dive based on the 2023 Gen Z and Millennial survey

In 2023 we see little change when it comes: to levels of stress and anxiety. Nearly half of Gen Zs and four in 10 millennials feel stressed or anxious all or most of the time, with women and other under-represented groups most impacted.

The global state of small business owner wellbeing

We know small business – and we know there are countless reasons why small business owners choose to take the path they do. For some, it’s to take greater control of their livelihoods. For others, it’s to expand their earning capacity. For others still, it’s to embrace greater flexibility, and find some work-life balance.

Workforce Wellbeing: Key Findings from the 2021 NTCOSS Workforce Survey

Top issues facing community sector managers: funding security and difficulties recruiting appropriately
trained staff. 78% of the community sector workforce is female. (77% employees | 79% managers) For comparison, 39% of managers in all other industries in Australia are female.

Nurturing Workforce Wellbeing: Empowering Organizational Leadership in the Community Sector

The community sector plays a vital role in creating social wellbeing for all Territorians and in building safe and healthy communities by providing services that enable people to access and participate in health services, education, employment, economic development, family and community life.

The C-suite's role in well-being

There’s no question that well-being is at the top of the C-suite agenda right now. While the pandemic brought worker safety into the spotlight, there’s also been an increased focus on the overall poor state of workforce well-being and the role that organizations play in determining quality of life for employees and their families.

Deloitte’s Women @ Work 2023: A Global Outlook

Since 2021, Women @ Work: A Global Outlook has provided deep global insights into the views of women when it comes to their experiences in the workplace. This year’s survey also explores additional factors that impact women’s lives, which paint a picture of women who work through pain and discomfort, assume the majority of domestic responsibilities, and are concerned about their rights and personal safety.

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Safe Work Australia – February 2024 Data report -<br />
Psychological health and<br />
safety in the workplace

Psychological health and
safety in the workplace – Safe Work Australia – February 2024 Data Report

Psychosocial hazards are those that may cause psychological harm (whether or not it may also cause physical harm). People who are exposed to psychosocial hazards at work are at greater risk of developing a work-related psychological injury, and poorer mental health outcomes.

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