Enhancing wellbeing has become an increasing focus for modern workplaces. But what does that mean in practice? This case study investigates Medibank’s internal wellbeing journey to date with a focus on the key challenges and lessons learned.
Category: Human Capital
We know that poor working conditions can have long-lasting negative effects on employee’s wellbeing, but there is now strong evidence of the protective effects of ‘good work’. So what is good work and how do we go about creating a health-enhancing workplace?
In new research, Dr Steve Lamb and Professor Kenny Kwok (University of Western Sydney) suggest not only that uncomfortable work environments reduce the cognitive resources available to an employee, but also explain how these environments negatively impact previously unexplored additional factors, and have detrimental effects on wellbeing.
How effective are merit-based reward and recognition processes in ensuring employees are treated equally? Could they be increasing – rather than decreasing – demographic biases? If so, what is the solution?
How important is a good night’s sleep to performance at work? New research suggests sleep is critical – not only for the wellbeing of staff, but also for developing and sustaining high performing, inspirational and charismatic leadership.
What does it take to intervene against homophobic behaviour? Recent research argues that courageous and altruistic individuals are more likely to actively intervene against homophobia. Can these attributes be cultivated in an organisation? If so, how?
Gender inequality persists in our community. This includes women’s representation in senior leadership positions, such as boards. The case for change is as much about improving business performance as it is about gender equality. Put simply, boards perform better when they include the best people with a diverse range of perspectives and approaches.
Flexible workplace initiatives are on the rise with employees being afforded with greater freedom to decide ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ they work in an effort to accommodate an improved balance between work and life goals. Are employees taking up the offer, and how effective are such initiatives? Westpac Group’s “All In Flex” policy provides a…
Fundamental global shifts, including growth in emerging markets and changing employee attitudes, have seen global employee mobility increasing. However, a ‘glass border’ is restricting some LGBT employees from enjoying prosperous international careers, with many countries being unsafe or unfriendly for LGBT people, and limited organisational support creating barriers to working overseas.
The New South Wales (NSW) Police Force has undertaken a series of initiatives aimed at supporting employees and community members who identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual. We speak to the pioneer of these programs, Superintendent Tony Crandell, about why this became a priority for a policing agency and what business leaders could learn from…