Wellbeing at work: HR Breakfast Club March Summary


This month, guest speaker, Lauren Sayers – Deputy HR Manager at the ANU spoke about the importance of developing a wellbeing program for the workplace, and some tips on how to implement one successfully.

Lauren is an ACT Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Council member & forum convenor and has 15+ years of management and HR experience across Hospitality, Telecommunications and Tertiary Education sectors. Lauren spoke about:

What does a wellbeing program include?

Employee health and wellness programs can include activities that promote good employee health, identify health-related risks in the employee population, and
look to support any potential health-related problems present in the employee population.

Why should we invest in wellbeing program?

Employers should work to create a healthy workplace for a few broad strategic reasons:

  • To control the financial costs associated with an unhealthy workplace
  • and to gain the benefits of;
  • A healthy workforce;
  • To build the organisation’s employer of choice profile; and
  • Possible legal implications – e.g. WHS/workers compensation etc.

A further example of reasons to invest in employee health and wellbeing and the relationship between employee healthand engagement.

Example interventions and wellbeing program activities:

The following examples can be used to build a workplace wellbeing program.

  • Healthy @ work- ergonomic assessments
  • Body and Mind & work
  • Winter wise- flu shots
  • Financial wellness – financial advice
  • Relaxation – complementary therapies
  • Physical Health – health assessments
  • Mental Health – R U OK Day?
  • Rest – sleep foundation
  • Summer Safe – Cancer Council
  • Stretch zone – promote workplace stretching and time away from workstation
  • Rest zone – sun lounger/sleep pod
  • Mindfulness zone- e.g. reading, colouring in, Sudoku

You can download a copy of the slides from the presentation here.

The HR Breakfast Club runs on the third Friday of every month at BAL Lawyers. If you would like to be added to the invite list, please contact us. The next HR Breakfast club will be held of 20 April 2018 – for more details, please click here.