Wellbeing in the workplace: Here's how its affecting your staff, and your bottom line


Wellbeing in the workplace: Here's how its affecting your staff, and your bottom line

Idealog editor Elly Strang recently spoke at the Magazine Publishers Association conference about the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, and the key takeaways from Wellness Month. She shares why it shouldn't be thought of as a luxury nice-to-have, like yoga classes, as research is showing it impacts on your bottom line, as well as some tips on how to address it in the workplace.

Idealog + Humankind

It’s becoming increasingly important for workplaces to both provide and be recognised for a great employee experience. One way that companies in New Zealand can do is the Humankind Employee Experience Awards, which offers in-depth employee insights to showcase some of New Zealand’s greatest places to work. We talk with Humankind CEO Samantha Gadd about the awards, why companies who don’t think about wellbeing in their workplace won’t go far, and more.

The Wool Challenge

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our design community's brilliance. Admittedly, we also get a twisted sort of pleasure out of making our annual design challenge harder and harder each year – but that’s because we want to ensure the community continues to think outside the box. Thanks to our friends at Icebreaker, we sent out a box of very raw wool fibre to some talented humans in a range of design disciplines and tasked them with recreating an everyday object using wool. Here’s what interdisciplinary design studio Isthmus came up with – comfort felt.

Wellbeing Month

When the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report was released in December last year, it painted a grim picture. “New Zealand is experiencing a rising tide of mental distress and addiction,” it said. “The cost of poor mental wellbeing and addiction is high. It is a high cost to individuals, families and whānau, businesses and organisations, communities, government and the country as a whole.” While the spotlight has been shone on specific demographics, one sector that is also toiling under pressure is our creative industries. We all know the squeeze of creative work well: late nights, long hours, client demands, unrealistic deadlines, impostor syndrome, self-criticism. This, coupled with the sensitive disposition creative people tend to have, often creates an environment where mental health issues can flourish. However, these people also have a talent for communicating ideas at a time when New Zealand has a base-level awareness of the problem, but not a deeper understanding or the tools to fix it. In part two of a series, Elly Strang talks to the new wave of creators are coming up with inspiring solutions to confront our mental health problem head on.

Wellbeing Month

2019 will be a year in which cultural, environmental and social factors will be drawn on to measure success. It is recognition that people, and their communities, and their health, matter. SenateSHJ general manager Raphael Hilbron says the bottom line can no longer be the only way an organisation’s progress is assessed and now, it will be judged on its broader contribution to society, and the health and happiness of its staff. Here's a breakdown of the five wellbeing trends he believes will shape the next 12 months, and how companies can start thinking about them.

Wellbeing Month

When the Christchurch attacks unfolded earlier this year, prime minister Jacinda Ardern was praised around the world for her empathetic leadership style. But how does this same style of leadership apply to business leaders? Leadership expert and keynote speaker ​Daniel Murray discusses how businesses can discover the concept of strategic empathy, and in turn, realign their commercial objectives and develop a culture that contributes to a more inclusive world.

Ice, ice baby

A wellness craze is making the rounds in Silicon Valley circles, and it involves hopping into a tub filled with ice and following a particular breathing method created by a Dutch wellness expert called Wim Hof. Thanks to Samsung New Zealand, NZ Retail Magazine deputy editor and young, creative and stressed out professional Courtney Devereux put her body on the line to see if the practice lauded by entrepreneurs, social media influencers and fitness junkies around the world actually does increase mental wellbeing (Spoiler alert: not really, but it does leave you feeling moist and slightly vulnerable).