Recognising excellence

Queensland businesses CQ Nurse and NOJA Power Switchgear have been recognised for developing exceptional workplace wellness programs.

They are the two latest businesses to receive Gold recognition as Queensland Healthier. Happier. Workplaces.

Mackay-based nursing agency CQ Nurse (pictured) has run a workplace wellness program since 2009, which benefits the company’s 22 internal staff and around 400 nursing staff on its database.

The wellness program aims to change the culture around occupational health and safety by integrating health and wellness into safety.

The program includes employee health screening, team health challenges, walking groups, flexible shift patterns to allow workers time to participate in wellness activities, and health education sessions.

The result has been noticeable business benefits, including improved staff retention and employee satisfaction rates, reduced sick leave and a large drop in the cost of worker compensation premiums.

CQ Nurse’s Candidate Care Coordinator Tracey White said: ‘CQ Nurse has an active occupational health and safety committee with an ongoing focus on good health in conjunction with the goal of minimisation or elimination of harm.

‘Our organisation has been active in this arena for over six years and Gold recognition confirms our commitment to our employees’ health and wellbeing.’

Manufacturing firm NOJA Power Switchgear, based in Brisbane, employs 150 staff. The company’s ‘Safety is important – health is your life’ wellness program successfully combines health, wellness and safety.

Key elements of the program include individual health assessments, healthy eating seminars, free fruit, exercise sessions and a working environment designed to promote healthy behaviour.

Since the wellness program began in 2012, the company has seen significant business benefits, such as reductions in staff turnover, sick leave and loss time injury rates.

NOJA Power Managing Director Neil O’Sullivan said: ‘I am particularly passionate about our health and wellbeing program.

‘The investment has had a significant positive impact on our overall business performance and our most important resource, our human capital, and we are really reaping the benefits of the program.’

The Healthier. Happier. Workplaces recognition scheme is ideal for all workplaces, whether your wellness program is still developing or at an advanced level.

Workplaces with entry-level and intermediate wellness programs can apply for Bronze or Silver recognition.

Gold recognition is the top award and designed for workplaces which demonstrate leadership and innovation in health and wellness.

Gaining recognition is an effective way to show you invest in your staff and stand out as employer of choice.

Read the guide to recognition and see if you’re eligible to be a Queensland Healthier. Happier. Workplace.

This article appeared in our December 2014 e-newsletter View issue