Sharing the load
Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds has launched a new roadmap to guide national mental health and wellbeing in logistics.
By Naomi Frauenfelder
CEO Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds
Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation is an initiative by industry for industry, that exists to address and help industry leaders, managers, business owners and workers tackle industry-specific challenges regarding mental health and wellbeing.
In early May 2021, HHTS delivered a National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap (the Roadmap), which sets out the plan for the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries to move forward on mental health and wellbeing.
The Roadmap is about knowing where to start, knowing where to turn, knowing where to go next, and it is freely available to everyone in the sector.
Linfox's first HHTS-branded trailer takes to the road in Melbourne.
In committing to establish the Foundation back in 2020, our industry leaders acknowledged the long road ahead to building a sector that is healthy and happy, one where mental health is as everyday as physical safety.
Today, the role of HHTS is to coordinate the implementation of the three-year Roadmap strategy across all levels of the sector, whether it be owner operators, small businesses or large organisations.
The industry is faced by various challenges from workload and fatigue to critical incidents and trauma, as well as high levels of isolation and social disconnection. Unquestionably, these risk factors can play a significant role in impacting a person's mental health and wellbeing.
This is why the Roadmap is a vital step toward making a tangible impact, creating environments and workplaces where employees can thrive in what they do.
The Roadmap covers three key priority areas that have been identified as pivotal in changing existing approaches to mental health and wellbeing within the industry.
These areas aim to address:
- Leadership capabilities in the workplace
- Challenges of work design
- Building psychologically safe cultures.
In targeting these key areas, the Roadmap provides an integrated approach for leaders and managers to support and protect employees. Over time, as HHTS embeds understanding of the Roadmap, the entire industry will become better placed to build better work cultures that champion support and recovery, with a focus on increasing the resilience of the entire workforce.
In the future the Foundation and its founders, including Linfox, hope that if a person is struggling at work or in their personal life, their workmates and other colleagues will be able to support them with the right tools and strategies.
To learn more about HHTS visit www.healthyheads.org.au.
HHTS launches its National Mental Health and Wellbeing Roadmap at the then Deputy Prime Minister’s office in Wagga Wagga, NSW. L-R: Linfox Healthy Fox Program Manager, Marian Merrigan; HHTS CEO, Naomi Frauenfelder; then Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Michael McCormack, and HHTS Chairman, Paul Graham.
Linfox is a proud founding member of Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds.
Linfox founder, Lindsay Fox AC is the HHTS Patron, and CEO Linfox Logistics Australia and New Zealand, Mark Mazurek, is a founding HHTS board member.