Check in on your team’s wellbeing

The Check-In gives small business leaders simple actions on how to introduce wellbeing into the workplace.

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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 pack to help business owners 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 team to thrive. It is designed to be easy to implement and doesn’t need to cost any money.

Here's how it works

Step 1: 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.

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Step 2: 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.

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Step 3: 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.

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Step 4: Making it okay to ask for help

Foster an environment that empowers your team to ask for professional help before they really need it.

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Step 5: 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.

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Download The Check-In pack

Download The Check-In pack today to start building a culture of positive wellbeing in your workplace.

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.

The Agri Check-In

Based on advice from New Zealand health and wellbeing experts, the Agri Check-In is a five-step series to help support you and your workers to thrive based on advice from New Zealand health and wellbeing experts. It takes the guesswork out of how to get started with a checklist that’s focused on the wellness of those working in the agriculture sector. The best part is, it’s easy to implement and doesn’t need to cost anything.

Business wellbeing and productivity report

Here at Xero, wellbeing is something we take seriously. In 2021, we asked NZIER to investigate wellbeing across the Kiwi small business sector and produced the report Well being and productivity at work.

Xero Assistance Programme

The Xero Assistance Programme (XAP) which provides free and confidential wellbeing support to approximately 850,000 Kiwi small business owners, their employees and families.

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.

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 and alcohol or social problems. For more information email

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.

Government healthlines

Phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 for help from a registered nurse, 24/7.

If you need to talk to someone, Free text or call 1737, 24 hours a day.

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