Healthy Families Rotorua and Te Arawa Whānau Ora have completed #MayChallenge2021 – an initiative to get staff active, connected, and prepared for the winter season.
Healthy Families Rotorua systems innovator, Ngareta Delamere, says if our hungamahi are well, our kaupapa will thrive.
“When we joined forces to prototype a workplace wellbeing initiative during the month of May, we knew it had to have a ‘by the staff, for the staff’ feel,” she says.
The Rotorua office’s 25-plus staff co-designed a comprehensive series of activities, including a hīkoi challenge, six-minute daily exercise activator, reflective practice journaling, and a weekly WOD at a local gyms, F45 Rotorua and Rotovegas Boxing & Fitness.
The May Challenge complements her day-to-day mahi, which has a strategic focus on workforce wellbeing – an adaptation to Healthy Families Rotorua’s previous work in Maramataka and Workplace Wellbeing.
“Whakawhanaungatanga is critical for any system to thrive. Without it, the mobilisation of meaningful engagement and the ability to connect would not enable our #MayChallenge2021,” she says.
According to The Wellness Report 2019, 11% percent of New Zealand workers may experience burnout: physical or mental problems due to stress or overwork. The report also reveals essential workers and those in large firms were over 150% more likely to be burned out than the average worker.
“Stress in the workplace has been normalised but there is clear evidence that tells us if we don’t put health and wellbeing practices in place, these statistics will continue to increase.
“Te Arawa Whānau Ora paearahi are at the frontline of the Whānau Ora sector, and are often functioning under a great deal of pressure. Prototyping Maramataka and reflective practice with them in the first instance, is key to the development of a bigger systems change for workforce wellbeing,” she says.
Healthy Families Rotorua will gather insights from the four-week challenge, to gain a greater understanding of what supports improved workforce wellbeing.
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