Work, workplace and work colleagues has been shown to be one of the most influential factors to an individual’s well-being.
Our experiences at work impacts on our ability to return to our homes, families and communities, healthy and well.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) there is a requirement for workplace interventions to reduce psychological harm and promote mental health for all New Zealand workers.
There is growing acknowledgement that psychosocial hazards are an important health risk for workers, yet in many workplaces the focus remains on physical hazards (WorkSafe, 2019, Psychosocial Hazards in Work Environments).
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Psychosocial hazards may seem more complex and harder to identify than physical hazards, however, a preventative approach to mitigating against these threats to workers health and wellbeing can be taken – a model for doing so exists in current health and safety processes.
And, it is this thinking that sits behind the monthly ‘Workplace Well-being Health and Safety Breakfast Meet-ups’.
The meet-ups grew out of the Canterbury Workplace Well-being Community of Practice, hosted by Healthy Families Christchurch. They are an opportunity for people who have a role in workplace well-being, health and safety, to come together and share ideas about what’s working for them and what’s not working so well, as they work towards creating healthy work environments.
The Group brings together local businesses with an interest in workplace well-being, who are willing to share their successes and challenges. Through these regular meetings, the focus is on Health’’ in Health and Safety, and the tremendous impact a work environment can have on an individual’s well-being.
Please feel free to join the group for a cuppa and/or breakfast who meet on the last Thursday of the month, 7.30am; Foundation Café, Tūranga Library.
For more information please contact: Holly Griffin, Healthy Families Christchurch