39 Resources

Building Thriving Workplaces - Guidelines and Actions

This resource provides practical information on five evidence-based characteristics known as ‘domains’– Leadership, Connectedness, Policy, Capability, and Culture – which are essential for creating positive and thriving workplaces. These guidelines equip readers with evidence and a business case for building thriving workplaces, as well as simple, cost effective ideas to action.

Tags: Capability, Connectedness, Culture, Health & Wellbeing, Health Promotion, Leadership, Mentally healthy workplace, Organisational culture, Policy, Positive Mental Health, Wellbeing, Workplace Wellbeing

Building Stronger Teams - Supporting Effective Team Leaders

A leader's guide and activities for developing resilience for the team leader and their team. It is a workbook full of ideas, strategies and exercises to help team leaders understand themselves, communicate more effectively and engage team members

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Work-related fatigue - Professor Drew Dawson Podcast

In March, the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration hosted another breakfast event for leaders, people managers and HR roles. This event was focussed around sleep-related fatigue and featured a presentation by Professor Drew Dawson. Professor Dawson is internationally recognised for his contributions in the areas of sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, and the effects of sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees. Professor Drew's slides from the breakfast can also be downloaded below. We sat down with him to find out more about the duties of employers when it comes to the sleep of workers.

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Tags: Behaviour, Change, Culture, fatigue, Leadership, sleep

Positive Leadership Through Change

In August 2018, the 11th Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration Leadership breakfast was held in Melbourne. The breakfast saw a panel of industry leaders discuss "Positive Leadership Through Change" with a focus on how leaders can promote positive mental health for employees during times of change and transition.

Tags: Change, Change management, Leadership, Organisational change

Transformative Work Design (Professor Sharon Parker) - video

Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, University of Western Australia, Professor Sharon Parker talks about how leaders can use work design principles to assist their employees and colleagues to be well and thrive in their job roles. This video was filmed at the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration's Leadership Breakfast in February 2018 where Professor Sharon Parker was the keynote speaker.

Tags: Job design, Leadership, Organisational culture

Values-driven small business

Vokke is a small business with a strong social conscience. Founded in 2015, the Melbourne-based software company has a firm focus on creating a workplace culture that supports the health and wellbeing of staff through business values, strong communication and flexible work arrangements.

Tags: Continuous improvement, Flexible work, innovation, positive workplace environment, small business, Values

Supporting mental wellbeing through workplace change and transition

In July 2017, the seventh Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration Leadership Breakfast was held in Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley. It was the first Collaboration breakfast to be held outside the Melbourne CBD. The title for the breakfast was a “A positive approach to supporting mental wellbeing through workplace change and transition” and focused on the challenge of managing change and workforce transitions. The breakfast brought together a range of business, academic and practical experience to help attendees support workplace mental wellbeing. This short video summarises the key learnings from the event.

Tags: Change, Change management, Organisational change

Small business: a focus on people

Albert Park Preschool is a small organisation that is proactively undertaking initiatives in health and wellbeing. The preschool philosophy recognises and celebrates the “incredible marvel of being human” and believes in ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with the centre. Albert Park Preschool has created a Wellbeing Officer role on staff and allocated a Wellbeing portfolio on the Committee of Management. They have established a wellbeing sub-committee made up of employees, management, community health professionals and parent representatives to oversee their ‘Wellbeing for All’ policy and initiatives. Watch the video to learn more!

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Building Thriving Teams (Mary Ann Baynton) - video

International workplace mental health expert, Mary Ann Baynton, talks about how leaders can build strong, cohesive and successful teams. This video was filmed at the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration's Leadership Breakfast in 2017 where Mary Ann Baynton was a keynote presenter.  BUILDING THRIVING TEAMS RESOURCE: A leader's guide and activities for developing resilience for the team leader and their team. It is a workbook full of ideas, strategies and exercises to help team leaders understand themselves, communicate more effectively and engage team members. Download from the Resource Centre on this site.

Tags: Leadership, successful teams, team building

Breaking the mould: a flexible law firm

As a boutique employment law firm in Melbourne, Justitia strives to be a progressive, healthy, commercial and sustainable workplace, achieving high productivity and success as it helps its clients achieve the same. Justitia practices what it preaches through role modelling and experimentation, giving the firm and its lawyers increased credibility and a competitive edge.

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