Check in with your team’s wellbeing
The Check In gives small business leaders simple actions on how to introduce wellbeing into the workplace.Learn more
What is The Check In?
From our physical and emotional health through to mental and spiritual, wellbeing is a key component of happiness and contentment.
It can be hard to know where to start with wellbeing in the workplace, so we’ve created a check in for all SMEs to help them support their team to thrive in this final part of the year.
Based on advice from New Zealand health and wellbeing experts, The Check In is a five-step series to help support you and your small businesses clients to thrive. It is designed to be easy to implement and doesn’t need to cost any money.Download the pack
Here's how it works
Step One: Getting to know your team
Having genuine face-to-face conversations in person or on video calls can help you understand your team members, who they are and what makes them tick.
Step Two: Fostering connections within your team
Helping your team build connections with one another helps them maintain a healthy outlook on life and is a crucial part of their overall wellbeing.
Step Three: Supporting others to look after themselves
From exercise to making healthy life choices, there are plenty of habits employers can encourage their employees to pick up in order to make a positive change in their lives.
Step Four: Making it okay to ask for help
Foster an environment that empowers your team to ask for professional help before they really need it.
Step Five: Making a long term commitment to wellbeing
Consider creating a personalised wellbeing plan or establishing wellbeing policies to show your dedication to fostering a culture of wellbeing.
Why is wellbeing important?
All workplaces play a central role in building people’s resilience and positive wellbeing, so they can better cope with setbacks, take advantage of opportunities and be productive, contributing members of families, communities and workplaces.
It makes good business sense too. Every dollar spent on mental health services in New Zealand will repay the nation with $3.50 in productivity gains and other savings.
Where to get help
Business resources for workplace wellbeing
A free online tool for small-medium sized workplaces, including a step-by-step guide for changing your workplace environment and culture.
A website providing practical tools, ideas and resources to build wellbeing in your workplace. Developed by the Health Promotion Agency.
Provides access to a wealth of information about workplace wellbeing and general mental health.
Provides free resources, mentoring, networking opportunities and accreditation to support workplaces to ‘work better through wellbeing’.
New Zealand’s work health and safety regulator provides a wide range of information and guidance about health & safety in the workplace.
Employer Advice Line
Phone 0800 805 405 (8am – 6pm weekdays)
Free advice for employers and managers about how to support team members with a disability or health condition, including mental health.
Getting personal support
Just a Thought is a free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tool, specially designed for New Zealand people. Easy to use, online courses, provide New Zealanders with valuable skills and CBT techniques to support the different challenges we can face with our mental health.
Phone Healthline – 0800 611 116
Help from a registered nurse 24/7
Need to talk? Text or call 1737
Xero Assistance Programme (XAP)
For Xero starter, standard or premium subscribers and their families, a free and 100% confidential wellbeing support for anything from work, financial or family challenges to depression, drug & alcohol or social problems. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.