A company’s most important asset is its people and supporting employees to be their best is front-of-mind for the business sector.
Over the years, our understanding of workplace wellbeing has expanded. Originally encompassing healthcare checks and physical activity initiatives, the term has since expanded to cover many more elements such as diversity and inclusion which otherwise comprises employee wellbeing.
Now in a COVID 19 environment companies are more inclined to explore ways to support employees to be happier and healthier.
It can be tough for businesses to invest in workplace wellbeing when faced with all the everyday demands of running a business, and when questioned, two key areas that directly affect companies are absenteeism and productivity.
The Rosebank Wellbeing Collab started at the beginning of 2020 with the intention of creating workplace wellbeing solutions for the whole of the Rosebank business community.
The RBA along with the initial help of co-facilitator partner – Business Lab and the collaboration of Healthy Families Waitākere, have created this exciting opportunity which has allowed local Rosebank businesses a say in how they want the Rosebank Wellbeing Collab to be formed.
This is a New Zealand first, and an important opportunity for the Rosebank Business Association and Healthy Families Waitākere to work together to listen and create opportunities for workplace wellbeing which will then be implemented in the Rosebank business community.
Through online workshops and the engagement of over 60 businesses in the Rosebank area, a core leadership group comprising of business leaders and key system stakeholders including the MSD, MBIE and Health Promotion Agency have co-created a vision for the innovation project ‘Rosebank Leading the Way in Workplace Wellbeing’.
Four key focus areas have initially been identified which could meaningfully support employee wellbeing, these include:
- addressing traffic congestion;
- B2B wellbeing coaching;
- financial literacy, and;
- shared economic activities
Each focus area now has a working group assigned, with members from a range of companies working together on collective solutions.
The Rosebank Wellbeing Collab is already collaborating with The Whau River Catchment Trust to help regenerate and beautify our Whau River backyard along with working alongside Fair Food NZ based in Rosebank Road to encourage local businesses to volunteer to pack food boxes for local West Auckland families in need.
If you would like more information or to join the Oversight Leadership Group which meets monthly by Teams, then contact [email protected]