Sonder delivers new toolkit to drive safer and healthier workplaces

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Making it easier for employers to navigate the complexities of looking after their people

SYDNEY Wednesday, 22nd September 2021– Sonder has launched a new complimentary toolkit for organisations to better understand the new international framework for psychosocial and safety at work, ISO 45003.

The toolkit explains the ISO 45003 framework and unpacks the steps needed to help organisations deliver better care for staff and combat the $543 million dollars paid out each year on compensation for work-related mental health conditions.

It also gives a state-by-state breakdown of how the new ISO 45003 fits in with existing WHS rules in Australia and New Zealand.

Craig Cowdrey, CEO, Sonder said “It’s one thing to be aware of these global standards, but it’s another to implement them and support a better working environment for your staff. With this toolkit, Sonder is making it easier for employers to look after their people.”

The toolkit was developed to give companies the opportunity to implement this important work standard and contribute towards better outcomes for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

“This is a risk management tool to help organisations build safer and healthier workplaces. Employee wellbeing is at the heart of what Sonder does, and it’s why we’ve taken the lead on driving home the importance of the standard, and encouraging organisations to implement it in their workplace.” Mr Cowdrey said.

“This is a way for organisations to lead from the front and bolster their WHS frameworks to also focus on psychosocial support. Businesses are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing work landscape, and need to ensure they are better prepared to support their people, irrespective of where and when they are working. There will come a time in the near future when more and more employees will return to their workplace, and this may cause another wave of significant psychosocial risk.”

“Every business leader and HR manager should know about the new standard and consider how it can be used to help evolve their own programs and policies. Employee wellbeing and safety is paramount to a company’s success, and needs to be an ongoing priority for companies who want to stay ahead of the curve,’ he said.

The toolkit will assist leaders in the management of psychosocial risks and the promotion of wellbeing and safety.

The toolkit can be accessed here.

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About Sonder

Sonder is a leading wellbeing and safety company which services around 400,000 members, principally across Australia and New Zealand. Accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), Sonder’s solution is a technology-driven platform supported by 24/7 safety, medical, and mental health experts. Sonder’s qualified team help with a very broad spectrum of member concerns, from stress and anxiety, to depression and suicide prevention, to family breakdowns and domestic violence, to workplace bullying and frontline manager support, and more. This is backed up by a physical responder network that can be onsite within 20 minutes for time-sensitive scenarios such as workplace aggression and injuries, domestic violence and accidents, suicide ideations, car breakdowns, and more. At the company’s heart lies Sonder’s wellbeing model, a human-centric methodology which triages all aspects of a person’s wellbeing for enhanced long-term outcomes, as well as a capability to deliver unique and timely data insights which drive meaningful business decisions.

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