“Making the world of work a better place”
What are you/your organisation currently focussing on in terms of workplace health and wellbeing?
Research is now showing that people who achieve good standards of wellbeing at work are likely to be more productive, creative and loyal than those with poor wellbeing. Yet we are still struggling to put the business case for wellbeing to leadership.
And when it comes to addressing wellbeing many workplaces don’t know where to start. Or what works.
Many organisations start with a step activity challenge as an easy wellness activity starting point, but the wellbeing need is often for help with stress management, resilience and burn-out.
We work with organisations to identify their culture and wellbeing priorities, develop the strategy and business case for leadership buy-in, tailor appropriate evidence-based activities and programs, and measure progress against clear objectives.
What aspect of workplace health and wellbeing does your organisation do well in?
Blueberry Institute takes an integrated end-to-end approach to workplace wellbeing:
- Positive leadership: strategy and coaching for executive teams.
- Manager and their teams: positive culture, stress and resilience training and implementation coaching.
- Program Strategy, design and implementation: Business case, objectives, strategy, coaching and evaluation consultancy.
- Programs that work: evidence-based activities and programs that we evaluate in collaboration with the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne we measure what works and what doesn’t.
- Training workshops and online courses: resilience skills, resilience for teams, stress management, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, career resilience, energy management, strengths-based performance management, positive communication and feedback, psychological safety, managing change, wellbeing literacy, RUOK? conversations, mental health first aid.
What’s your biggest challenge working in workplace health and wellbeing?
We are helping organisations to move from one-off physical wellness activities to framing their wellbeing program as an essential part of providing a positive workplace culture.
There are huge organisational benefits in creating and supporting a positive, safe, healthy workplace where people want to come to work, are engaged and achieve.
How does WayAhead Workplaces add value to your organisations health and wellbeing program?
WayAhead Workplaces is a great forum for sharing industry trends, research and case studies, and for networking with like-minded people.
How do you deal with stress?
I have a range of positive stress management practices:
- Breathing techniques to create calm and space in the moment.
- A journaling & gratitude practice for perspective taking.
- Planning small steps and taking action if in danger of procrastinating.
- Regular yoga for everyday mind and body health.
What are the key issues and considerations for people in workplace health and wellbeing roles?
Some tips for setting up your wellbeing strategy and programs for success:
- Take the time to collect the ideas and input from a wide range of staff upfront: buy-in is critical for implementation success.
- Clarify all stakeholder expectations and ensure these are included in your program objectives with clear measures defined for what success looks like.
- Wellbeing doesn’t have to be expensive. Research shows that just talking about wellbeing at work improves wellbeing!
How do you switch off from work?
Rituals are great for creating a break between work and home:
- I walk the 40 minutes home as often as possible and listen to uplifting music on the way.
- Eating dinner with friends and family without TV and phones.
- Reading some fiction in a warm bath before bed.
What is your best time saving tip?
My time saving tips:
- Use the first 5 minutes of your day to determine your priorities, and plan to tackle these first.
- Schedule time in your calendar to complete important work so that ‘meeting creep’ doesn’t take over.
- Be disciplined in removing interruptions by limiting email and social media checking to just a couple of times a day.
What do you think the future of work health and wellness programs look like?
There is an opportunity for wellbeing practices to be integrated in to and support positive culture, vision and values. This in turn supports engagement, innovation, productivity, talent attraction and retention.
A genuine win-win for both employees and delivering organisational results!