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Our vision: Lower Hutt – NZ’s healthiest people

Workplace wellbeing on Lower Hutt's agenda

14 April 2016

Good health really does equal good business, said Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace at the launch of the new Hutt Valley Workplace Wellbeing Special Interest Group at Pelorus Trust Sportshouse today (Thursday 14 April 2016).

This new initiative is a joint effort between Healthy Families Lower Hutt and the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) Hutt Valley Branch, with support from the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Hutt Valley Employers’ Health and Safety Forum.

President of the HRINZ Hutt Valley Branch Felicity Hislop says, “Promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace says a lot about you as an employer and how much you value your staff. It’s an important focus for Human Resources professionals.”

Healthy Families Lower Hutt Manager Hayley Goodin says, “The aim of the group is to support and promote workplace wellbeing within the Hutt Valley. The group will be running seminars and workshops and linking workplaces to resources, services and support. It will also facilitate joint projects and is establishing a ‘Wellbeing Champions’ group for those who want to meet regularly to exchange ideas and support.

“Increased productivity, reduced stress levels, more job satisfaction, less sickness and sick leave, greater staff retention and enhanced corporate image were just some of the benefits of a healthy workplace,” said Ms Goodin.

Mayor Wallace welcomed this joint initiative, saying “This is about empowering people to take action and work together. Good health is essential for a thriving community and we all have a role to play in creating this.”

There is an open invite for all Hutt Valley workplaces to get involved in this exciting new initiative. Just email huttvalley@hrinz.org.nz to register your interest. You don’t need to be a member of HRINZ to be a part of the group.

The first Hutt Valley Workplace Wellbeing Special Interest Group event will be a workshop on mental wellbeing later this month, and then a business breakfast with Dr Tom Mulholland in May.