Accessible Properties’ commitment to staff health and wellbeing has been recognised with WorkWell Bronze Accreditation.
The WorkWell programme has been running for ten years across most of the country, and its developer Toi Te Ora is recognised by the Ministry of Health as a leader in workplace wellbeing.
The Bronze accreditation has been awarded in recognition of the work Accessible Properties has undertaken around staff wellbeing since July 2018.
WorkWell focusses on eight priority area for workplaces: Alcohol and Other Drugs; Healthy Eating; Breastfeeding; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Smokefree; Infection Control and Immunisation; Physical Activity; and Sun Safety.
For the Bronze level, Accessible Properties chose Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.
Staff were surveyed and systems put in place to develop programmes for each area that encouraged organisational, environmental and individual changes.
Some of the steps undertaken to improve the three areas included:
Accessible Properties’ WorkWell representative Georgina Willers said the programme was “100 percent worthwhile.
“It’s definitely given us more focus on what we can do across our offices to increase staff wellbeing,” she says.
And staff agree. In a survey carried out after the programme, one respondent said: “WorkWell is generating ideas, discussions and excitement among people; it is having a positive influence on their every day interactions with everyone else.”
Over the next six months staff will be kept engaged and involved in developments so far, before Accessible Properties undertakes the next step in the programme – Silver Accreditation.