Why a healthy Wavie is an asset to Wavelength...
Here at Wavelength, we recognise the importance of a healthy workforce. This topic has very much been the subject of much research and discussion. A study of 3,630 Australian employees undertaken by Medibank Private in 2005, The Health of Australia’s Workforce, highlighted a measurable link between a person’s health and lifestyle and how productive they are at work. Some of the key findings that I found really interesting were:
- 10% of Australian workers are inactive and 45% do minimal exercise.
- More than half do not get enough sleep.
- 62% are overweight and 28% are clinically obese (according to World Health Organisation definitions).
- 53% felt overwhelmed with stress and pressure for a significant proportion of time.
It has been proven that levels of employee morale and stress within the workforce contribute significantly to absenteeism and sick leave. Stress claims cost Australian businesses a staggering $200 million plus a year. The study found that employees whose overall health status was poor took up to 9 times more sick leave than their healthy counterparts and the financial cost of poor health and well being across Australia is estimated to exceed $7 billion per year. (Source: The Health of Australia’s Workforce, Medibank Private November 2005) This is definitely food for thought when thinking about employees’ work life balance.
As a recruitment company, we pride ourselves on being able to demonstrate to clients that we practice what we preach. This has meant creating a caring culture that promotes work life balance and focuses on our employees’ health and well being. We truly see health and well being initiatives as an investment in our people and have an extensive suite of health and well being initiatives in place to ensure our employees are offered a healthy work life balance. Check out some of the initiatives we have in place at Wave:
- On site Pilates, Yoga and Personal Training classes.
- Fortnightly relaxation and remedial massage sessions.
- Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks provided daily for all employees.
- Regular employee health programs including skin cancer checks and flu vaccinations.
- A guest speaker program on topics including nutrition and mental health.
- A qualified Mental Health First Aider on site and soon to be launched EAP program to provide counseling and support to Wavies and their families.
- Flexible working hours and the ability to regularly work from home.
"Since Wavelength International's inception in 1999, we have been committed to creating a workplace environment and culture that provides a work/life balance, focuses on the health and wellbeing of its employees and recognises the contribution our employees make to the success of the company. As Wavelength International has grown, maintaining this culture has sometimes proved challenging, but we truly believe that it is integral to creating a company of motivated, caring, productive and quality focused individuals who collectively ensure Wavelength International reaches and exceeds its business goals"
Claire Ponsford, Director
We are very proud that our commitment to work life balance has been recognised by Balancing Australia – www.balancingaustralia.com.au and in July 2011 we were delighted to be recognised among Australia’s most progressive organisations winning the Australia Business Award for recommended employer.
A healthy workforce is crucial to a healthy business.