Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe primary work conducted at the TIO is complaint handling which presents a number of health and wellbeing risk factors such as stress, burnout, illness, tiredness and poor sleeping habits. The TIO wanted to provide a program to help educate, encourage and support staff to live a healthy lifestyle through a holistic range of events and activities. The TIO is a dispute resolution scheme for residential and small business customers of telephone and internet service providers (ISPs). The vision of the TIO is to deliver an exceptional telecommunications dispute resolution service for consumers, service providers and the Australian community. The work of the TIO will contribute to better customer service and complaint handling within the telecommunications industry.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingThe then Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) was looking for an innovative solution to the longstanding and increasingly complex problem of workplace conflict within the Victorian Public Service and undertook research that looked internationally at best practice models. The State Services Authority (SSA) had highlighted concerns at the levels of conflict, as well as low levels of confidence by staff in the ability of their organisation to deal with workplace conflict and disputes. Conflict and disputes present significant costs to departments in terms high levels of work related stress and workers compensation claims, low levels of job satisfaction and engagement, and the substantial resources that are required when these disputes progress to a more formal level. (SSA, 2010) To directly address this issue, in December 2011 the DSE (now Department of Environment and Primary Industries, [DEPI]) established a three year pilot project creating the Office of the Workplace Conciliator (OWC) as a response to the substantial challenges presented by workplace conflict. The Workplace Conciliator (WC) receives concerns from staff and managers about workplace issues and provides support to explore non-adversarial approaches for raising issues and resolving concerns, with the focus upon building and strengthening workplace relations. Already, in its first year, significant improvements have been observed.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingConnectEast is the owner and operator of the EastLink motorway. The motorway connects the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne's east to the Frankston Freeway in the south. We have 213 employees working with us. Our health and wellbeing program has been in place since 2008. ConnectEast has been committed to offer our staff a range of monthly health and wellbeing activities.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingOxfam works for a world free from poverty and injustice in about 30 countries across the globe. A world where people are valued and treated equality, have a say in decisions that affect their lives, and enjoy their basic human rights and needs. We work with partners and communities on simple yet sustainable solutions to tough humanitarian problems — solutions that help people take control of their lives, become self-reliant and create positive, lasting change. We carry out long-term projects, campaign for change, respond to natural disasters and conflicts and raise public awareness about the causes of poverty. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, and their health and wellbeing is our primary concern — not only to keep them engaged, motivated and satisfied in their work, but to also ensure they maintain a healthy work-life balance. Our Health and Wellbeing Program was developed at a vital time for staff — while a major organisational change process was taking place — placing even greater important on keep staff health, motivated and supported, physically, emotionally and mentally. Oxfam Australia has long recognised the importance of employee health and wellbeing, therefore the health & well being program uses existing health and wellbeing policies and initiatives as a platform for supporting employees during this change.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingAMES Health and Wellbeing Program aimed to inspire and motivate our staff to stay healthy and well, not just for work but for life. For 60 years AMES has helped new and recently arrived refugees and migrants to settle in to Victoria. AMES offers much more than just teaching English – we not only work with new arrivals but also with the community, business and Government to develop sustainable and effective settlement solutions for the whole Victorian community. We have a network of over 2300 volunteers who work with over 800 AMES staff who speak over 90 languages.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingGippsland Trade Printers is a century old Commercial Printer based at Churchill in the Latrobe Valley (155km east of Melbourne). We have been a trade supplier to Print Distributors and Brokers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Tasmania, Townsville and Adelaide for over 20 years. Our mission is to become the most reliable and competitive print trade supplier on Australia’s Eastern Seaboard. To help achieve this, we have re-organized our workforce, revised and refocused our job roles and have become a truly dedicated trade supplier.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingIncolink has contributed to the prevention of bowel cancer amongst men through a screening education program implemented in partnership with Cancer Council Victoria. Incolink is a joint enterprise of unions and employers in the Victorian construction industry. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of workers and implement a range of programs to support workers and their families.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingCardinia Shire Council employs over 350 people across the shire. We have many sites that our staff work at, so ensuring staff get information is a priority. Along with a comprehensive health and wellbeing program including programs around health and nutrition early intervention programs, salary sacrifice options for gym membership, fitness activities and mental wellbeing programs the committee with full support of the senior management team recently endorsed the Healthy Food and Beverage Policy. This policy provides staff and visitors access to healthy food and beverages by a 'green light system' that guides the way to healthy eating and drinking. This was developed in response to the problems caused by poor nutrition and impact on the burden of disease and help avoid excess energy.
Commitment to Workplace Health and WellbeingBarwon Water is Victoria's largest regional urban water corporation. Our area of responsibility stretches from Little River and the Bellarine Peninsula in the east, to Colac in the west, from Meredith and Cressy in the north, to Apollo Bay on the south-west coast. Barwon Water employs approximately 400 staff which includes a diverse range of operational/maintenance and office-based staff. We aim to provide a proactive work culture for health and improve employee’s general wellbeing. Our challenge is to provide an effective health and wellbeing (HWB) program that is relevant and available to our staff across a large geographic area and a diverse range of occupations.
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