ABORIGINAL author Greg Bridge released his first book, Yes, Health Matters in the Workplace, this month.
The health and behaviour practitioner and presenter said when workplace environment and behaviour were not aligned, health challenges would come to the surface.
“It’s no surprise that our mental health issues and other connected health challenges are increasing and impacting on people going to work and just getting through the day,” he said.
“This book gets to the heart, that we all have a stake in improving our lives whether be at home or in the workplace.
“We will spend a great part of our lives in the workplace and it is paramount we need to take good care of ourselves.
“People are having great difficulty going to work, along with their constant personal problems while compounding on their health issues affecting them to function and enjoy their work..
“The workplace for both employer and employees are most challenging in staying in a changing business market place, meeting the demands, keeping employment, staying skilled and self-development while the business world ever so unpredictable.”
Mr Bridge said added issues such as poor health and reporting of meagre behaviours in the workplace would have an impact on business if not managed or resolved, which could incur costs.
“Future generations coming into the workplace, will bring along with more diverse health issues and new forms of behaviours, businesses have yet to encounter,” he said.
“The pressure will be on both employee and the employer to manage the future; a new form of leadership will now be required to be more health inclusiveness focus in the workplace.”
Mr Bridge said there were three key areas to improve workplace outcomes, namely environment, behaviour and health.
Based in Wangara, the GP Bridge Training and Development director has more than 20 years experience in commentating and facilitating on human behaviour and is qualified in musculoskeletal therapy.
He is also researching foetal alcohol syndrome disorder, which has long-term impacts on communities and individuals.
Copies of Yes, Health Matters in the Workplace can be bought through www.whitelightuniversal.com.au/greg-bridge .