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Everyday Conversations for Healthy Minds

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When the Queensland Public Service Commission (PSC) wanted to provide a program to support the Queensland Government’s commitment to fostering workplaces that support positive mental health and wellbeing, they recognised that the experts at QUTeX were just the right team to work with.

QUTeX has a nimble and client-focused approach to corporate education for the real world, with access to experts on a wide range of topics, that will work with your organisation to create and execute a program that meets and exceeds your business’ needs.

The result

Created by social and organisational behaviour experts and clinical psychologists at QUTeX, in conjunction with the Queensland Public Service Commission and Queensland public sector agencies, the Everyday conversations for healthy minds microlearning program aims to support Leaders in developing the skills to create a mentally healthy workplace environment through their everyday interactions with colleagues. The skills Leaders will learn in this program will help them to have better everyday conversations at work that create mentally healthy workplaces. The skills for these conversations strongly align with the Leadership competencies for Queensland.

This new program enhances the Everyday Coaching Skills for Better Conversations program, an online package of nine microlearning modules currently available across Queensland Government, they are guides to learning coaching skills and will help Queensland Government employees to experiment with ideas and techniques in coaching.

Focus on skills

Everyday conversations for healthy minds focuses on developing skills that will help team and organisational leaders to create a culture of caring with micro-moments to create a mentally healthy workplace environment through their everyday interactions with colleagues.

Mentally healthy workplaces promote positive mental health, minimise risks of psychological harm, support people to thrive, and have greater productivity and outputs.

As the state’s largest employer the Queensland Government recognises that they play a significant role in creating workplaces where mental health and wellbeing are actively promoted. Furthermore, that Leaders have an important role to play in contributing to this.

The program builds on the latest thinking in leadership development, social psychology, neuroscience, psychological safety, mentally healthy workplace concepts.

The skills Leaders will learn in this program will help them to have better everyday conversations at work that create mentally healthy workplaces. The aim of these microlearning packages is to support agencies to become places where everyone takes advantage of daily opportunities to support each other.

Mentally healthy workplaces do more than just reduce psychological injuries, absences, and turnover, they also increase engagement, and performance and have higher levels of productivity. They achieve this not only by building awareness about what poor mental health looks like – they create a workplace environment that supports mental health and wellbeing rather than detracting from it.

 

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Emma is a dynamic, experienced and respected executive leader with a highly regarded ability to develop, drive and support business outcomes. Emma has considerable experience as the state leader of member based, professional associations, providing her with an extensive background in working with individuals and organisations to maximise their investment in customised and open enrolment executive education programs. In her prior roles Emma managed a diverse portfolio of program delivery for government, corporate and not-for-profit clients throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Within the Graduate School of Business and QUTeX, Emma manages Government partnerships throughout Queensland in relation to leadership development; taking the time to understand the organisation’s workforce capability and provide solutions accordingly. Prior to joining QUT, Emma held the position of State Director at Governance Institute of Australia; with a focus on management of Governance Institute activities in Queensland to ensure that the strategic direction were executed and that superior quality services were provided to members, students and customers. Before that Emma was the State Executive Officer for the Financial Planning Association where she managed and administered the service delivery and business of the Financial Planning Association in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

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