DTC in the Press

August 2017 - Law Society of New South Wales Journal

Work-life balance used to mean aiming to leave work on time so that you could have hours left over in the day to devote to such essentials as exercise, eating well, spending quality time with friends and family, pursuing hobbies and getting a good night's rest. But in the modern technological age of smartphones and tablets, the always-on nature of our lives means that work follows us wherever we go, and being physically removed from our workspace counts for little in terms of "switching off." Speaking with the Law Society of New South Wales Journal, DTC's Head of Organisational Development Services, Rachel Setti, says that trying to force a separation of work and personal life only compounds the problem, and that unless we actively integrate work and personal time, our happiness and general wellbeing may dwindle.

pdf icon The end of work-life balance


31 January 2017 - HC Online

It can take a person who is experiencing domestic violence on average five to seven attempts to disclose their situation to somone - so if the first instance is not positive, it can reduce the likelihood of the person disclosing again. With this in mind, DTC's CEO, Michele Grow, spoke with HC Online to explain the importance of equipping managers and people leaders with the skills to support staff experiencing domestic violence, if and when they need it. 

pdf iconMistakes employers can make in addressing domestic violence

17 November 2016 - Human Resources Director Magazine 

The statistics on domestic family violence in Australia make for disturbing reading - one woman is killed each week as a result of domestic violence, and one in three women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. For women aged 15 to 44, domestic violence is the leading contributor of death. With DFV affecting the performance, health, wellbeing and safety of those experiencing it, it is important for workplaces to recognise the need to have in place policies and procedures that support affected staff, and also to encourage a workplace culture that promotes equality and adopts a zero-tolerance approach to violence against women. CEO of DTC, Michele Grow, explains.

pdf iconHow domestic violence impacts HR and employees


6 September 2016 - National Australia Bank

With untreated mental health conditions costing Australian employers an estimated $11 billion a year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims, helping your staff stay mentally healthy has never been more important. Evy Gomo, Clinical Manager for Victoria at Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, shares her top tips for SME owners looking to create psychologically healthy workplaces.

pdf iconPrevention is better than cure with workplace mental health

2016 - Mental Health In the Workplace

As Australia's leading workplace legal and human resources solutions business, GCB Group has released a review of workplace relations. 
DTC CEO, Michele Grow, comments on mental health in the workplace and the benefits of a preventative approach. 
See page 8-11

pdf icon2016 FCB Workplace Relations Review 


20 June 2014 - Retail World

With one-in-five Australians taking their first steps in the working world through jobs in retail, many of us are familiar with the toils of working in this demanding industry - long hours on your feet, quarrelsome customers and insociable working-hours are just a few of the drawbacks, with stress and fatigue featuring high in the longterm also. Michele Grow shines a light on what employers can do to improve the wellbeing of workers in this sector.

pdf iconRetail work: stop toil taking its toll 


17 February 2014 - Nursing Review

Nurses have the noble responsibility of being the caretaker of the health and wellbeing of patients who fall under their watch. But how do you manage to support the wellbeing of those in your care when in doing so you are subjected to stress, fatigue and anxiety, all within an environment that is increasingly becoming more violent and exhibiting more and more incidents of bullying and harassment? Michele Grow investigates.

pdf iconThe perils of life in a caring profession


10 February 2014 - Townsville Bulletin

FIFO workers already face a range of challenges to their mental health. Increasingly however, it's the limitless amount of junk food in the canteens that is posing a threat, with the promise of tasty steaks, chips and cakes being the only highlight of the day for many of these isolated workers. The result? Increasing percentages of obesity among members of the FIFO community. Michele Grow suggests that not only this, but domestic violence is also on the rise.

pdf iconMiners fly in, pig out
pdf icon'Smorgasbord syndrome' blamed for the expanding waistline of                   remote mining workforce

19 January 2014 - Various

Featuring in a host of Australian publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and Brisbane Times, DTC's Michele Grow discusses The Oversharer - that colleague who has tended to share too much personal information during light worktime banter. Apart from the obvious distraction that this causes to your work, what about the times when the content of the conversation makes you feel that little bit uneasy or uncomfortable? How should you deal with such conversations? Michele Grow discusses this delicate and tricky subject. 

pdf iconHow to respond to oversharers - Sydney Morning Herald
pdf iconHow to respond to oversharers - Brisbane Times
pdf iconHow to respond to oversharers - The Age
pdf iconHow to respond to oversharers - The Canberra Times 


19 December 2013 - Dynamic Business

Though it's heralded as a time of good cheer, the Christmas period for many people poses a lot of problems and stress. To counter that, Michele Grow has compiled a list of seven strategies to help you tackle Christmas stress.

pdf icon7 ways to tackle Christmas stress


17 December 2013 - HC Online

If you're stressing about your office Christmas function and how you can pull it off problem-free, then you need to have a read of Michele Grow's best tips for avoiding Christmas function dramas.

pdf iconTips to avoid office function dramas


18 November 2013 - Let's Fix Consulting

Want to know what makes a great consultant? In a highly expository interview, Michele Grow shares her experience of the positives and the pitfalls of her profession.

pdf iconIndustry Leader Interview Series - Michele Grow


November 2013 - The Age

Are you one of our nation's thousands of workers who climbs into bed at night, laptop under one arm, and proceeds to busily catch up on emails, only to finally settle down for sleep but cannot because your mind is still abuzz? Michele Grow reveals the full truth behind your brain activity and the "shiny screen."

pdf iconStop bringing the laptop to bed - The Age
pdf iconStop bringing the laptop to bed - Sydney Morning Herald
pdf iconStop bringing the laptop to bed - WA Today
pdf iconStop bringing the laptop to bed - Brisbane Times
pdf iconStop bringing the laptop to bed - Canberra Times
pdf iconThe bedroom is no place for business - AFR
pdf iconCould the 'always on' economy be ruining your love life? - Insurance Business


November 2013 - Owner//Driver

They're a constant presence on our roads - in lorries, in utes, in taxis and pick-ups and everything in between. But how much do you know about the life of a professional driver? With long work hours, prolonged absences from home and lack of exercise, our nation's drivers are a lot more prone to mental illness than one might think and the marked increase in the instances of suicide in this industry bears testimony to this sad truth. Michele Grow investigates.

pdf iconReducing the Risks 


November 2013 - Human Resources Director

The biggest challenge facing HR in Australia today is mental illness. Every year, one in five adults has a mental health difficulty and the estimated cost of the related lost productivity is $20bn annually. In this article, Michele Grow shows why proactive management is key and reveals the proven Return on Investment for a DTC EAP program.

pdf iconEAPs: low cost, big value


30 October 2013 - Hospitality Magazine

The hospitality industry by its nature doesn't always offer a hospitable lifestyle for its workforce - long hours, late-night shifts and difficult customers are just a handful of the challenges these workers typically face. In the following article, Michele Grow examines the subsequent repercussions to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of workers in this industry.

pdf iconExactly why is hospitality such risky business?


4 September 2013 - Australian Financial Review

Australians can be thankful that we have come off better than most following the GFC - however not every sector of our workforce has been so lucky. This article examines one such group and DTC's CEO, Michele Grow, reveals the alarming new trends presenting to DTC's employee assistance programs.

pdf iconAnxious and approaching 40: the high-flyers of the GFC left behind


3 September 2013 - Various publications

Can mediation save a life? Depending on the grievousness of the situation, the answer may be yes. In this piece, Michele Grow, DTC's CEO, offers advice for employers on how to boost the chances of a successful mediation.

pdf iconDoes mediation work? - Brisbane Times
pdf iconDoes mediation work? - Sydney Morning Herald
pdf iconDoes mediation work? - Canberra Times
pdf iconDoes mediation work? - The Age
pdf iconDoes mediation work? - WA Today


13 August 2013 - Lawyers Weekly

With statistics showing that 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives, DTC's CEO, Michele Grow, speaks about the importance for organisations to recognise the signs of mental health issues in their workforce.

pdf iconMental Awareness

Issue #17 - Australasian Mine Safety

In this foreword, CEO of DTC, Michele Grow, explains the high-risk issues to Mental Health for the mining population of Australia.

pdf iconMental Health issues in mining on the rise


August 2013 - Various publications

Trailblazing new research by Davidson Trahaire Corpsych reveals a direct cost benefit back to organisations who invest in employee's wellbeing. The study was the largest ever of its kind to be conducted.

pdf iconWorkout - Weekend Australia
pdf iconHR vs IR in productivity claims - Workplace Insight
pdf iconIf it's good for the employee, it's good for the employer - HC Online
pdf iconInvesting in staff is an investment in your business - Dynamic Business
pdf iconCouselling programs yield dollars for T&L employers - SCR
pdf iconMining and resources saves money by taking care of staff - The Mining        Advocate
pdf iconNew report highlights benefits of pharma employee assistance                    programs - Pharma Dispatch
pdf iconTransport and logistics staff wellbeing programs pay big dividends -            Transport and Logistics News
pdf iconAssisting staff through tough times can reap rewards, research finds -        Smart Company
pdf iconInvestment in staff wellbeing returns $10,000 per person - Sunshine        Coast Daily


20 July 2013 - Weekend Australia

Conflict at work or conflict at home: though arising from differing origins, the two posses a common thread - a conflict left unresolved can be almost impossible to resolve.

pdf iconWhen conflict gets out of control


19 July 2013 - Australian Mining

This article by DTC's CEO, Michele Grow, tackles the risks to mental health and wellbeing that are associated with FIFO and DIDO work. The article offers active solutions for employers on how they can effectively improve the experience of these type of workers.

pdf iconFIFO and DIDO - Be aware of the risks


July 2013 - Renegade Collective

If you're not one yourself, you're probably at the very least a friend or a family member of one of Australia's multiple thousands of FIFO (Fly in, fly out) workers. This article explores the highs and lows of the FIFO lifestyle both for the workers themselves and for their families.

pdf iconLife on the fly


13 June 2013 - HC Online

If you can confidently take time off work due to an obvious physical ailment, should you not be afforded the same leeway even if your ailment is not visible to the naked eye? Seeking to address this issue, our CEO, Michele Grow gives her account on why mental health must be regarded as seriously as physical health.

pdf iconAddressing 'mental health day' stigma


4 May 2013 - Sydney Morning Herald

Following the tragic death of rugby league player, Alex Elisala, the Sydney Morning Herald speaks to DTC's Justin Simmonds about suicide and its surrounding stigmas.

pdf icon The mind game: playing with an invisible pain

13 April 2013 - People + Culture Strategies

Drawing on the calculable experiences of our DTC EAP programs, this article discusses mental health and its most reoccurring impediments in the Australian workplace.

pdf iconWorkplace bullying - an EAP perspective


21 December 2012 - Sydney Morning Herald

Workplace stress is an ongoing issue for employees and employers alike. The holiday season coupled with an increase in redundancies is increasing the pressure.

pdfWorkplace Stress Keeps Counsellors Busy


15 October 2012 - AMMA Resource People

Cases of depression among resource industry workers have more than doubled over the last year and Michele Grow is on a mission to make our workplaces the most mentally healthy in the country.

pdfMental Health Matters


9 October 2012 - Q.  Where do I go for help?  A.  DTC

Half the Australian population will experience a mental health condition at some stage in their lives - an even greater concern is that more than 50% of those people don't seek help, even though effective treatments are available.

pdfTaking care of your mental health


8 October 2012 - beyondblue Mental Health Week

Survey shows more than 1 in 4 Australians wrongly think people with severe depression should, 'pull themselves together and push on.'

pdfMental Health Week 2012 Survey results 


23 August 2012 - The Australian Financial Review

Former Victorian premier, Jeff Kennett has urged employers to tackle depression in the workplace by offering staff access to professional help and warned of major problems in the mining industry.

pdfMiners risk flying into pits of despair


4 August 2012 - The Australian

Alcohol problems and workplace bullying and harassment in the mining sector have escalated dramatically in the last 12 months and reflect widespread mental health issues and job stress in the sector, according to a consulting psychologist.

 pdfMental Disorders Shadow the Boom


1 July 2012 - Company Announcement

beyondblue has appointed DTC as the sole licensee for the National Workplace Program.  Sessions are specifically designed for senior executives, managers and general staff to suit a range of organisational environments and industries.

 pdf The beyondblue National Workplace Program


1 Feb 2012 - Chemistry in Australia

Most workplaces have a number of hidden hazards - two of the most significant are stress and bullying.

pdfChemistry in Australia - Hidden Hazards in the workplace


29 October 2011 - The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

80% of Australia's top 500 companies have an EAP service.  Stressed workers bounce back.

  SMH-The-Age-Helping stressed workers bounce back


4 May 2011 - The Illawarra Mercury

Bullying on the rise: Why turning a blind eye can cost your employer an arm and a leg. 

pdfIllawarra Mercury - Bullying on the rise


19 March 2011 - The Australian

R U OK? Key staff driven to disorder at work.

 pdfThe Australian - R U OK?


29 August 2009 - HR Monthly - The Stress Factor

HR is on the frontline as economic pressures stress staff and management.

pdfHR Monthly - The Stress Factor


11 June 2009 - Lawyers Weekly

How we build resilience to bounce back from adversity may just depend on our employers.  So are law firms living up to their duty of care to their employees to reduce debilitating stress in a difficult economic climate?

 pdfLawyers Weekly - Bouncing back from adversity