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Wellbeing at work, and in life: how can we better humanise the systems we live, work and play in?

Wellbeing Month

Wellbeing at work, and in life: how can we better humanise the systems we live, work and play in?

Much of our and our planet’s unwellness stems from living in a political, economic and societal framework that hasn’t factored human beings, their needs and their rights into it, cultural strategist at TRA Antonia Mann says. She examines how we can shift this 'othering' of wellness into something that's holistic and integrated into our societies, businesses and economy.

Wellbeing Month

This month, Idealog has chosen to spotlight the growing number of businesses and organisations who reside in the caverns of Aotearoa’s wellness industry – or the new culture of self-love that has brewed into the broths of business. It poses as a potential cure to mental health, the guide to a purposeful life, a lover to nature, yet is undeniably a lucrative money-making machine. The Global Wellness Institute reported that the wellness market grew from $3.7 trillion in 2015 to $4.2 trillion in 2017 — growing at nearly twice the rate of the global economy (3.6 percent annually). It also generates 5.3 percent of global economic output. Previously not considered a legible term, Wellness is now a culturally shared phenomenon, canvassed across the media and advertising world, while Global Wellness Day is now celebrated in more than 100 countries at 5000 different locations. So, where did this movement come from, and what are the opportunities, and the pitfalls for New Zealand?

Opinion

Cultural codes are the undercurrent that pulses through everything, from society to business. Partner at TRA Colleen Ryan explains how we can learn from new migrants' experience of our country, and how we can adapt and evolve from their own cultures to further New Zealand's potential.

Kiwi cultural codes

Taika Waititi, Flight of the Conchords, William Waiirua – New Zealand has a very particular brand of humour when compared to the rest of the world, so how can brands best harness this? TRA head of strategy Colleen Ryan breaks down what's so different about it, and how companies can use it to form an emotional connection with their audiences.