Greenwood Park Staff Go Silver with WorkWell
Metlifecare Greenwood Park retirement village isn’t just a place for residents to be healthy and happy, it’s a place where staff can be healthy and happy too.
Greenwood Park village manager, Todd Jenkins, jumped at the chance to start the WorkWell programme when it was introduced in the Bay of Plenty area, achieving Bronze accreditation in 2014.
Since then, Todd and the WorkWell staff committee have been steadily working away at improving staff benefits and health initiatives. They are proud to have recently celebrated achieving Silver accreditation in the WorkWell programme, which recognises the village’s efforts to maintain and strengthen its activities and integrate wellbeing into its ‘business as usual’ activities.
WorkWell is developed by Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service. It’s a free workplace wellbeing initiative which supports and mentors workplaces to ‘work better through wellbeing’. Workplaces start at Bronze and progress through Silver to Gold.
“WorkWell has been fantastic in giving us a framework and support to develop our staff health and wellbeing initiatives. I believe it has boosted our staff morale, productivity and health over the two years we’ve been doing it,” says Todd Jenkins.
“Best of all, most of the things we’ve done haven’t actually cost us much in either time or resource, it’s simply a way of thinking smarter about our resources and what we can do to enhance our work place.”
Greenwood Park retirement village has a huge amount of amenities; a large indoor swimming pool and an up-to-date gym and even a walking track. Some of the offerings to staff include using the gym when residents aren’t using it, personal trainer sessions, aqua aerobic lessons in the pool and utilising the chefs to create extra meals which they sell to the staff at a generous discount. It’s simple and cheap for staff to enjoy a nutritious lunch or dinner at work.
Other initiatives that have been introduced since starting WorkWell are bicycles for staff to get around the village in the warmer months. And emphasising sun safety – there are now sunscreen stations scattered throughout the village.
To strengthen their mental wellbeing component, Greenwood Park are now offering staff EAP courses in stress management and mindfulness, and also offer a package of counselling in times of need.
“These things aren’t complicated,” says Todd, “It’s just that we might never focused on them before we started WorkWell.”
Metlifecare is a company committed to its staff, as witnessed when they increased pay rates for caregivers by an average of 11.6% in September 2015, setting a new industry benchmark.
Todd says the overall staff reaction to WorkWell has been very favourable, and the survey they took before achieving Silver accreditation showed them they were on the right track. He says that not all employees take up the offerings. “However, if you make a difference with some people that’s a win.”
He has ambitions for the village to achieve Gold by next year.