What is the true meaning of Wellbeing at Work?
Last week on Thursday CDP had the pleasure of attending the Wellbeing at Work conference at in Sydney. The event was widely attended by industry figures and those interested in improving well-being in organisations Australia and worldwide in new and innovative ways.
The energy of the conference was evident within the array of dynamic speakers, healthy snacks and catering, music and collaborative attitude towards making wellbeing a priority for people everywhere.
The conference had the pleasure from hearing from many great speakers with particular highlights and key takeaways listed below:
Claire de Carteret from Gallup Business Learning Solutions on The Workplace in 2030
· In life, humans can either be thriving, struggling or suffering
· Research is telling us that only 20-30% of Australians are thriving in 3 or more areas of life (purpose, social, financial, community, physical)
· Only 12% of employees strongly agree they have better wellbeing because of their employer
· Managers account for at least a 70% variance in employee engagement scores
Sue Langley from The Langley Group on Using Positive Leadership to Transform Your Work
· The Ripple Effect was a fantastic way to represent how our habits and leadership styles can affect the people around us. Example: Your 1st connection friends are 15% more likely to adopt one of your habits i.e. smoking, junk food, autocratic leadership style. Your 2nd connection friends are 10% likely and the list goes on.
· Positive psychology and strengths profiling is a proven way to encourage employees to be the best version of themselves at home and at work – bring your whole self to work!
Dr Manjoj Waikar from Encardia Wellness on The Heart of the Matter – Workplace Wellness and Stress Reduction
· Engaging organisations to reduce stress is suggesting that to be successful is devising high tech/low cost solutions to wellness
· A new medical jargon learning: the longer your telemore, the healthier you are!
· Encardia Wellness app encourages you to B.R.E.A.T.H.E (Begin, Relax, Envision, Apply, Treat, Heal, End)
Poppy Jaman from City Mental Health Alliance
· Poppy spoke passionately about her work in mental health and providing mental health first aid via the City Mental Health Alliance
· She called for Australia corporates to support this cause and bring it to Australia to empower people to be qualified in mental health first aid.
The key takeaway from the conference was that the more we can give in terms of time, compassion, energy and kindness; the more we will receive and the happier and healthier our community will be.