Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
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Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
The Summit Program

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Welcome to the Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit. This inspirational high-level management conference is aimed at senior management, with a focus on improving productivity and business performance through a healthy, happy, inspired and invigorated workforce – the healthy heartbeat each and every business needs to thrive.

Draft program, subject to change:

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8.30        Registration and Welcome Coffee


9.00        Opening remarks from the chair
SACHA MCNEIL


9.10        KEYNOTE ADDRESS: LEADING CHANGE: CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND BUILDING WORKFORCE RESILIENCE

Human beings weren't really designed for change. However, in this globalized, hyper-connected, market-driven world that we all live in now, it's not about whether you like change or not, because the truth is it's change or die. Constant change and adaptation is the only way businesses can survive now, and so bringing all the people in that business along with the change is fundamentally important. Hear the latest research and practical advice from well-known celebrity Nigel Latta, on:

  • The neuroscience explanation behind why change is often so difficult
  • How to lead and influence a resilient organisation, where your people will survive and thrive
  • Engagement techniques for leading your people so they will follow - particularly in difficult times
  • Supportive measures to foster employee resilience and an open, compassionate culture
  • Creating sustainable workforce energy and resilience to last through periods of change
  • Practical strategies for dealing with, learning from and overcoming, failure and obstacles
  • Enabling open, healthy, positive inter-communication and inter-connection organisation-wide
  • Empowering others to make sustainable positive changes your organisation

NIGEL LATTA, ONZM


10.00     WELLBEING 101: MAKING WELLBEING PROGRAMS SUCCESSFUL

“My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of human wellbeing, why it is as it is and how it can be improved.”
Dr Aaron Jarden is an expert in the application of wellbeing science, positive education and organisational and positive psychology and has helped a multitude of governments and organisations internationally to cultivate successful workplace wellbeing programs, allowing morale and productivity to thrive.  Aaron is author of countless publications and research papers on wellbeing, and is a lead researcher on the International Wellbeing Study. Recently he has been working with the Auckland University of Technology and a number of schools, trialling his Plus Wellbeing program. Given his vast experience of organisational wellbeing programs, and his knowledge around the successes and challenges of evaluating, implementing and sustaining workplace wellbeing, Aaron will talk on his key findings and the latest trends and important case studies. Hear practical suggestions as to how you can make your own organisational wellbeing program – at whatever stage it’s at - a success by getting the basics (i.e., 101) right:

  • The essential ingredients to a successful wellbeing program, and the main pitfalls to be wary of
  • Key tools and models, e.g. e-learning and mobile tools that work in engaging and sustaining a high level of program participation within the workforce
  • How much time should participation in a successful wellbeing program take out of an employee’s working day, and when?
  • Team-focused-learning vs self-focused-learning wellbeing strategies
  • How to appeal to each individual employee, with individual wellbeing needs
  • Is your current wellbeing program working? How to measure and evaluate its success and improve on it
  • The best methods to collect honest, invaluable feedback around your wellbeing program from your workforce

DR AARON JARDEN


10.45     Morning coffee


11.15     CREATING A FLOURISHING MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE

  • What are the current trends regarding mental health in the workplace in New Zealand? How do we compare on the international field?
  • What is the science around positive psychology and how can that be translated into the culture – values and behaviours – of an organisation?
  • How can you, as a business leader, foster a mentally-healthy culture? Where do you start? Who do you engage to help initially and ongoing?
  • Latest research in workplace mental health and effective initiatives being rolled out to boost mentally healthy organisations
  • Spreading awareness and education to combat uncertainty and confusion around mental health issues
  • Helping your workforce to overcome the stigma associated with mental health issues
  • Empowering your co-workers to support each other to be able speak up about mental health concerns without fear of repercussion
  • Crucial early-intervention strategies for recognising the signs of someone suffering from a mental health condition and enabling help promptly
  • Practical strategies that can be used in the workplace to effectively reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Bullying in the workplace – how rife is it within organisations? Can a toxic culture be turned on its head and a positive culture emerge?
  • What does the mentally healthy corporate environment of the future look like?

SHAUN ROBINSON, CEO, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand


12.00     THE CEO’S PERSPECTIVE ON LEADERSHIP SUPPORT AND ITS ROLE IN BOOSTING WORKPLACE WELLBEING AND CULTURE

  • How to get a CEO to invest in a wellbeing program – where to start? Making wellbeing an attractive proposition to the leadership team and across your organisation.
  • Fostering a healthy leadership mindset and wellness philosophy and planning and creating awareness around a healthy culture – making wellness culture a key objective of your business with clear, attainable goals
  • Leadership behaviours to really allow your employees believe and trust in you that you genuinely care about their individual - as well as the whole organisation’s – wellbeing
  • Communicating as a leader to inspire, invigorate and motivate your people rather than overwhelm them and create despondence
  • How to motivate your organisation to be mentally and physically healthier and how and when to celebrate, recognise and reward
  • How and where to set the boundaries for home life and down time when considering workplace culture and an ever more-demanding global working environment?
SHANE ANSELMI, CEO, Overland Footwear


12.30     Lunch break


1.30        FUTURE BRAIN – LEADING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND

The world has changed and so have we. What’s needed now is a new way of thinking to meet the needs for greater mental agility, flexibility and creativity. Savvy business leaders now recognise that the key to future success will come from investing in their most valuable asset - the brains and minds of those who work for them. Building brain safe workplaces is about recognising what really motivates people using what neuroscience has shown to really work. Human behaviour is deeply rooted in evolution, and doesn’t always work well ‘out of the box’ today. Understanding how self-directed neuroplasticity can change how brains work equips you with a toolkit to face the future. In this keynote, human brain and behaviour expert, Dr Jenny Brockis, will focus on cognitive health as a key driver of organisational health and the impact of the changing workplace, sharing with you the latest academic research and recommendations for building healthy-minded, engaged and productive organisations:   

  • Safety at work: Why cognitive health is the essential component for greater organisational health.
  • What really motivates people to work, and it's not just having access to a good coffee machine
  • Why neuroscience is the perfect business partner for greater collaboration and performance.
  • The three keys to help build a brain-safe brain-fit high performance culture.

DR JENNY BROCKIS


14.15     HOW TO MAXIMISE THE ROI FROM YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAM

Kash has 20 years’ experience in psychology and is an expert in advising organisations employee assistance programs, employee wellbeing and in developing wellbeing programs across a wide variety organisations, both corporate and government, across many industries:

  • Overview of the positive ROI for workplace health and wellbeing
  • The link between wellbeing ROI and workforce productivity and financial performance
  • Where to find the case studies of success
  • The factors that impact and drive health and wellbeing ROI
  • Building a strong business case for your health and wellbeing initiative
  • The HR metrics + tools to measure and monitor ROI on workplace wellbeing schemes

KASH THOMSON


15.00     Afternoon tea


15.30     SPONSOR PRIZE DRAWS


15.40     CASE STUDY: LEADING A POSITIVE CULTURE OF TRUST, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

  • Building trust as a leader, and trust amongst your organisation – giving people courage to stand up, be authentic and be heard
  • Changing from a reactive to a proactive culture
  • Creating meaning, connection and a feeling of inclusion amongst the people across your organisation
  • Tools and rewards for driving meaningful progress, positive performance and productivity
  • Enabling employees to take ongoing, sustainable responsibility for their wellbeing

SHARRON BOTICA, Chief Customer Officer, Sovereign


CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
16.10     THRIVING FINANCIAL WELLBEING: WORKFORCE WELLBEING DRIVING BUSINESS PROFITABILITY

Bruce Cotterill is a CEO and company director who has excelled in a number of dynamic sectors and in a range of extremely demanding change-oriented roles. He is a passionate about leading change and driving business improvement, and has extensive experience in leadership roles across a wide array of industries of diverse sizes and revenues of up to $800 million. He led one of New Zealand's biggest ever debt restructure programmes as CEO of Yellow Pages Group, which promptly became a finalist in the Best Places to Work and won best new entrant with 500+ staff. In this presentation, Bruce will share with you his invaluable insights and learnings on:

  • How far workplace wellbeing programs go to driving business profitability
  • Recommendations for driving the wellbeing, engagement and productivity of your people - particularly tough times of change
  • Recognising early-on where wellbeing might be a factor in an organisation’s financial downturn, and how to affect a quick turnaround
  • How businesses will perform better if people are made to feel better about the organisation and how that will reflect on their own lives
  • His experiences of particular implemented approaches to running the business that have directly benefitted workforce wellbeing and in turn produced better business outcomes
  • How to enable sustainable workforce + financial wellbeing

BRUCE COTTERILL


17.00     Closing remarks from the chair


17.10     Close of summit followed by networking drinks

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