I admit it does sound a bit too good to be true. But if research is to be believed, wellbeing, productivity and happiness at work can and does happen and not only here in little old Aotearoa but all over the world. As workplaces everywhere feel the impact of workforce ill-health they have started to look for creative solutions to reduce its negative affects on both employees and their organisations.
One strategy organisations are adopting is the model of Health Promotion. So what is Health Promotion? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) it is “the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health”. It moves beyond a focus on individual behaviours in improving health and towards a wider range of social and environmental interventions. Health then should be experienced in the environments that we live, learn, work, and play.
Here at Rotorua Community Hospice, the health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount. We’ve adopted (along with about 40 other business in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts) Toi Te Ora’s Public Health Work Well programme. Together with their support, we are working to improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce.
The programme operates on three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level builds on the other and gradually imbeds wellbeing practices throughout the organisation. In 2018, we were thrilled to achieve the Work Well Silver Accreditation. In 2019, our challenge is to reach for Gold!
Some of the Activities and events completed thus far;
- Regular wellbeing newsletters
- A summer veggie garden
- Random acts of kindness (giving & showing kindness has been shown to improve wellbeing)
- Health month – sharing and bringing healthy lunches
- Staff activities such as tenpin bowling
- Sunsmart activities
- Walk to work and bike to work days and initiatives
- Flu prevention
- Morning yoga session
- Education and information sessions on a variety of health related topics
- Development of work place wellbeing policies
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Sun smart
- Infection control / immunisation
So what can you do at your workplace? If you want to know more, email Kath at firstname.lastname@example.org