Promoting health and wellbeing in workplaces

Investing in the wellbeing of your employees isn’t just about creating a happier, healthier workplace. It’s also good for business.

Workplaces that adopt sustainable workplace wellbeing initiatives see:

  • Improved productivity, staff morale and job satisfaction; and
  • Reduced absenteeism, staff turnover and reduced risk of workplace injury.

What is a healthy workplace? from the Health Promotion Agency.

Workplace Advisors at Community and Public Health can support your workplace, including providing:

  • One-on-one professional advice and mentoring;
  • Local knowledge and positive relationships with key health services; and
  • Access to health promotion resources.

Workplace Advisors can assist on specific topics such as:

  • Breastfeeding,
  • Healthy eating,
  • Mental wellbeing,
  • Infection control,
  • Physical activity,
  • Safe drinking,
  • Smoking, and
  • Sun safety.

Suicide Prevention Roadshow For Construction Workers

Local construction industry workers are being invited to a FREE national roadshow that will feature training in suicide prevention – coming to a town or city near you.

The national roadshow is delivered by Building Skills Maintenance, and will cover a range of construction industry topics and is free to all workers across the residential, commercial and civil sectors of the industry.

  • Westport: Monday 9th November 2020;
  • Greymouth: Tuesday 10th November 2020;
  • Christchurch: Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2020;
  • Ashburton: Monday 16th November 2020; and
  • Timaru: Tuesday 17th November 2020.

The construction industry has the highest suicide rate of any commercial sector in the country. Suicide prevention training from MATES in Construction will cover the issue of mental health in the construction industry, what it looks like when a mate is struggling and what practical steps each worker can do to help.
MATES in Construction is an industry group established by the construction industry specifically to free provide suicide prevention training to industry employees.

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Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.

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For more information on healthy workplaces, contact:

Ann Vanschevensteen
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Carly McDowell
Ph: +64 3 307 6903

Support programmes for workplaces

Help your workplace better provide for people on bikes

The NZ Transport Agency has produced an online Workplace Cycling Guide – in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network.

This guide covers the why and how of getting your workplace onto bikes – whether your workplace is just starting out, or already provides well for staff members who commute by bike. The guide includes everything from the basics of providing good bike storage, to providing fleet bikes for your staff. The guide is complemented by plenty of resources and inspiration to get you started.

The NZTA recommends utilising this guide if you are responsible for your organisation’s health and well-being programme, its sustainability (corporate social responsibility programme), or its travel demand management work.

Healthy Nibbles for Workplaces

These helpful one-page information sheets are produced a variety of topics.

Page last updated: 20/10/2020

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