Workplaces as Communities. Workplaces as part of Communities.
What is our Impact?
The WayAhead Workplaces Annual Members' Forum was on 18th June, 2019.
The meeting was hosted, once again, by Aon Hewitt.
This year we were thinking about how we link wellbeing life factors to workplaces to encourage good employee wellbeing?
The workplace wellbeing sector is asking organisations to think of their employees as whole people. So, if work influences people's lives and people’s lives influence their work – how does this effect the wider community? Are there things that organisations can be doing that will have positive outcomes at work (improve engagement, productivity, purpose and meaning, innovation etc…), but also benefit the wider community? We wanted to explore this concept further.
What can organisations do that will influence both the way we work and the communities we live in? What systems, practices, examples and information can they be providing to their employees that will influence their wellbeing? During our event we hope to stimulate and challenge organisations to look at how they discuss, enact and promote workplace wellbeing so it is a tangible and meaningful concept.
Our special guests were Catherine Lourey, Mental Health Commissioner NSW and Robyn Hobbs OAM, NSW Small Business Commissioner
Our guest speakers included:
- Pete Jensen, Chief Happiness Officer, Speaker & Consultant, Writer & Coach, Positive Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate, The Art of Work, “What if your Workplace was a Place that made People Well?”
- Dr Michelle Lim, Scientific Chair, Australian Coalition to End Loneliness and Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Social Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Laboratory, Swinburne University of Technology, “Understanding Loneliness, Mental Health, and its Impact on the Workplace”
- Carmen Betterridge, Director/Psychologist, Suicide Risk Assessment Australia, “Creating Impact in Workplace Suicide Prevention"
- Mark Pittman, General Manager, Government Services, Workers Compensation, Allianz, Case Study: "Here's a Thought - an innovative wellbeing program"
- Steve Kimmens, Career Wellbeing Facilitator & Speaker, and Founder, my career habit, “Conversations that Matter: Building connection in the workplace through career and professional development conversations”
After lunch attendees were able to ask questions of the speakers from the morning session about their specialist topics.
SPONSORS OF THE EVENT:
- SafeWork NSW (member of our network) Read their Q&A here
- Vitality Works (member of our network) Read their Q&A here
For more information please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 9339 6008.