10 September 2012

South Australia ranked healthiest place to work

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A study by the University of South Australia's Centre for Applied Psychological Research has shown that the Australian state boasts some of the best working conditions in the world.

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South Australia has been ranked as one of the best places in the world

The research studied an average worker's opinion of the psychological conditions in the workplace and the help available to them should they begin to struggle.

Typical struggles include stress, bullying or harassment, work-related violence and whether employees were consulted on ways of dealing with psychological issues.

The study sampled over 650 workers in South Australia and compared them to the results of over 28,000 workers from 31 different European countries. South Australia finished third in the entire study, behind only Sweden and Ireland.

Logistical industries such as transport and storage as well as the mining and education industries scored particularly high in the study.

Professor Maureen Dollard, who led the research, said worker satisfaction should not be undervalued when it comes to making career choices.

"Workers value work environments where they are protected from the impacts of psychosocial risk and report higher levels of engagement," said Professor Dollard.

"We should not underestimate how important factors like these are to productivity and to enhancing the attractiveness of working in South Australia."

Leonie Cotton, casework manager at the Australian Visa Bureau, says South Australia is a great state to work in.

"It's little surprise SA has ranked so highly in this study," said Ms Cotton.

"Not only does it have one of Australia's biggest and best cities in Adelaide, it's also one of just a few states to benefit from the mining boom with several large scale mining projects."

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