What are you/your organisation currently focusing on in terms of workplace health and wellbeing?
I’ve recently developed a Wellness Strategy to pull together all the various elements of wellbeing – individual, connections, community and environment.
What aspect of workplace health and wellbeing does your organisation do well in?
Articulating the options for people – that wellbeing isn’t a one-size-fits-all, and ensuring that low organisational cost options are included, meaning workplace wellbeing is available to every organisation.
What’s your biggest challenge working in workplace health and wellbeing?
Working with organisations who haven’t yet realised that workplace wellbeing is becoming the norm and an expectation. That it is becoming a baseline for talent.
How does WayAhead Workplaces add value to your organisation’s health and wellbeing program?
Attending the quarterly sessions is invaluable in networking and hearing what others are doing. I can’t always replicate things but it gives me food for thought.
How do you deal with stress?
I meditate and as often as I am able, I walk my three dogs (‘RSPCA specials’) in a bushland park near home.
What are the key issues and considerations for people in workplace health and wellbeing roles?
Ensuring that we are not preaching, that instead we share information and allow people the time and space to make their own decisions. We need to be seen to be looking after ourselves, because people watch our lead.
How do you switch off from work?
It isn’t always easy is it! I listen to music on my way home, make a point of being present and cuddle my dogs and cat watching the news.
What is your best time-saving tip?
Audiobooks – I listen on my way to work. I think I listened to Brené Brown Dare to Lead twice in a month.
What do you think the future of work health and wellness programs look like?
Inclusive. I would love to see some of the Australian Indigenous practices and connection with Country incorporated more.