R-Group International, joined Healthier Workplace WA’s Recognised Healthier Workplace Program in 2016 as a bronze member with ambitions to continue to build a healthier environment for its employees.
Being a workplace of 38 staff members we are committed to improving workplace wellbeing by equipping staff with the knowledge and resources to successfully plan and execute a strategy. We established a health and wellbeing committee and due to the willingness of staff to actively participate in the program we have been able to expand the health and wellbeing program and transition to silver certification in just 16 months!
With support and guidance from Healthier Workplace WA, we introduced, and then further built on, strategies which targeted health and wellbeing policy, the physical working environment and education and awareness raising activities. We wanted to improve the work environment and encourage staff to socialise and use their break to eat away from their desk.
Working with a budget, we focused on free and low cost solutions to overcome barriers to healthy lifestyle choices as identified by our staff. We looked at a number of areas including our policy, environmental factors, education and activities. We introduced two sit-stand desks to help target sedentary behaviour in the workplace. This trial raised awareness and explored interest in transitioning to more ergonomic furniture.
Lunchtime yoga is another initiative introduced to encourage staff to lead fitter, healthier lifestyles, which has proved to be a favourite with staff taking part in the free sessions as a great way for staff to get a bit of exercise in their day. Our list of physical activity initiatives has been growing ever since.
The Recognised Healthy Workplace program was developed in partnership with Unions WA and Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA. The program is implemented by Cancer Council WA and aims to recognise workplaces in WA that are demonstrating leadership in the area of workplace health and wellbeing.