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From Strategy to Action: A Contemporary Approach to Workplace Wellbeing

09/02/2022 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Session 1: Why wellbeing? The need to think strategically

A strategic approach to workplace wellbeing yields positive outcomes for organisations, teams, and individuals. Improved wellbeing can lead to lower staff turnover, improved absenteeism / presenteeism, reduced recruitment/retraining costs - and there is now ample evidence confirming improved safety, engagement, innovation, and productivity. In short, workplace wellbeing, done well, can create a competitive advantage.

Gone are the days where an organisation's wellbeing ‘strategy’ consisted of yoga, fruit bowls and an EAP provider. Workplace wellbeing is a very broad concept, and as with safety there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The aim of this 6-part webinar series is to broaden participants’ thinking about what constitutes a contemporary approach to workplace wellbeing. We will begin by investigating key considerations when developing a workplace wellbeing strategy, then focus on potential interventions at organisation, team and individual levels, before concluding with a look into the benefits and potential pitfalls of wellbeing surveys.

Presenter Bio:

Andy Hearn is an experienced Wellbeing, Safety & Performance Specialist and Professional Member of the NZISM. With an early background in physiotherapy, Andy spent 10 years as a Senior Academic and Head of Science at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury) before moving to the Canterbury DHB to lead the DHB’s staff wellbeing response following the Canterbury earthquakes. After four years at the CDHB Andy moved to Emerge Aotearoa as their Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager before returning to Ara on contract as their Manager, Health & Wellbeing. The purpose of this role was to develop and embed an evidence based, system wide focus on staff wellbeing - a challenging time as it coincided with the Christchurch Mosque attacks and the onset of COVID-19. Andy is currently a PT Programme Leader at Ara whilst working as a Professional Coach, Facilitator and Wellbeing Consultant. In addition to his work experience, Andy draws on his own ‘lived’ experience of depression and significant physical injury (broken neck).

This mix of academic, practical, and lived experience enables him to bring a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to his work. An approach that has been recognised nationally (Winner NZ Workplace Wellbeing Award, 2013; Finalist NZ Workplace H&S Awards, 2015, 2016). Andy holds a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, and is a ICF Certified Coach.


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