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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we begin a new year, which has not been free of new challenges, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months. We learned how important our teams are; at adapting to challenges, providing support to others, and developing creative ways to scale new opportunities. Now more than ever, our teams and their health are our greatest asset. So without further ado, I would like to welcome you to the March 2021 Edition of Workplace Health Essentials - tailored to where you work - Kingston! 

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These resources are general in nature - but if you need additional help, our Health Promotion Team is available to support your businesses to tailor programs which strengthen employee wellbeing and engagement.  We can meet with managers or teams (in-person and online) at any time (Mon-Fri) as part of our free and confidential service, funded through the State Government. 

Take care and please don't hesitate to get in touch for more support or information
Gemma - Health Promotion Officer (Workplaces) at CBCHS  
e:    |    p: 8587 0214 
Workplace wellbeing plan

Small businesses that invest in a wellbeing plan can see up to a $15 return for every $1 invested (see the infographic here). Heads Up provides a range of online workplace mental health resources including: Mental Wellbeing Plan, free training options, and 7 strategies you can put in place immediately
Lacking time or don't know where to start? For support to get started or information, call 8587 0214 or email 

Are you bogged mate? (ABC)

Are you Bogged Mate? (Video) 
This video talks about the challenges that many people face in speaking up about mental health when they're stuck "in the mud". Below are some strategies that you or your team can put into place now to support workmates who might be struggling with their mental health: 
> Start toolbox talks during morning cuppa,
> Watch this video to learn how to ask the right questions
> Including details of services like Lifeline  or this support service list in your lunchrooms and bathrooms

Healthy stress
Physically active employees are less likely to suffer from major health problems. As a workplace you can build physical activity throughout work to help decrease stress, improve performance, productivity and the wellbeing of your whole team. Here are a few low-cost ways to get your workforce moving (DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE): 
  • Install height-adjustable/standing desks to promote standing. If you have a large workforce, hot desks could be made into standing desks. 
  • Encourage staff to step away from their desk to deliver messages in person 
  • Place bins and printers on the opposite side of the office/site to encourage more steps
  • Use the BreakTimer app for 5-minute stretch/walk break reminders
  • Eat lunch away from your desk - instead, go outside, go for a walk or do some stretches 
  • Include fewer chairs in meetings spaces to promoting standing or walking meetings
  • Encourage staff to use active travel (i.e. bikes, walking) to work. If possible, provide facilities like showers, change rooms, and secure bike storage.
  • Buy sports equipment for staff breaks. I.e. badminton, table tennis rackets, and balls (you can use any table to play), or tennis balls to play bocce
  • Negotiate a corporate membership with local gyms or sporting clubs. CBCHS can also source out corporate rates on your behalf!  Call 8587 0214
  • Sign your workplace/team up to challenges. I.e. 10,000 steps or Premiers Active April. To spark some competition, offer incentives such as a team prize, or compete with other workplaces (i.e. the café next door) 
  • Host social clubs, team building days, or staff celebrations at a sports facility (i.e. lawn bowls, badminton, bowling, tennis) 
Noteworthy Workplace of the Month

Meet Chris and Greg, the co-founders of the Parkdale-based association, Stronger Communities.  Their mission is to increase community engagement and awareness of local help for positive mental health. To do this, they are seeking out businesses to get involved. 

Here are a few ways to show your support:
> Display the Stronger Communities sticker in your window, to pledge your commitment to creating a more connected and healthier community. Contact Chris and Greg Here 
> Visit their website here:
> Challenge your workplace, manager, or self to one of their challenges here
Know a workplace that prioritises the health of their staff? Email and tell us a little about what they are doing, to be included in the next edition.
This Girl Can (March 22-28)
This Girl Can Week is back from 22 to 28 March 2021; inspiring women to get active – however, wherever and whenever they choose, without being judged! As a workplace, you can help, by promoting the opportunities (below) for women in your workplace to get active
> Promote clubs with women's sport and leadership opportunities:Go Soccer Mums - Aspendale Sting RaysMordialloc Sailing Club or SWITCH (Touch Football) 
> Encourage staff to watch the #FindYourMotivation ambassadors talking about what helps them to get motivated and active 
> Encourage female staff to join the Women In Local Sport closed Facebook Group, for motivation, tips and news about women's leadership and sport in Kingston. 
Kingston's Manufacturing Rebranded (March 24 - 8-9:30AM)
Are you a manufacturer in the South East? Would you like to learn about how to support young people to transition into your workforce successfully? Join Kingston Business for the Manufacturing Rebranded Webinar 
Wednesday 24th March 2021 8am - 9.30am
Workplace Wellness Festival (June 22-23)
The annual virtual workplace wellness festival will feature 100+ speakers,  8+ conference tracks, a virtual expo, interactive roundtables, and the opportunity to network with 10,000+ business professionals about strategies to maximize the health of your workforce. [Click here for more information or to register for the Early Bird Tickets]
[NEW] Partners in Wellbeing Helpline | Free, confidential one-on-one access to mental health counsellors for businesses and staff | They offer skills and insights to improve your sense of wellbeing, help you develop coping strategies, and provide the advice and support you need to get through this difficult time. [Download flyer] 

[NEW] Welcoming workplaces | A Red Cross initiative that encourages and builds your capacity to welcome people with refugee and asylum-seeking experiences into your workforce.[Download flyer to learn about how to book a free education session]  
General Business Support | CBCHS works closely with the Business Team at Kingston Council , who are available to support your business with any queries that you may have. Visit their website to find out more
FREE Health and Safety Consultancy | The Central Bayside Community Health Services, Health Promotion Team works with Businesses and organisations within the City of Kingston. We offer free and confidential support to access information, support and resources on a range of issues that may be impacting your workforce. Contact Gemma (Health Promotion Officer, Workplaces) on 8587 0214 or complete the online enquiry form here 

Require support during COVID-19?

1800Respect (1800 737 732)
Safe Steps Live Web Chat Support
Beyond Blue (1800 512 348)
Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800)
Lifeline  (13 11 14)

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