A shining example to follow

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is the latest organisation to achieve Healthier. Happier. Workplaces Gold recognition.

LGAQ – the peak body for local government in Queensland – received Gold recognition for its Well@Work wellness program, which has been running for three years.

The program aims to help LGAQ’s employees be healthy, happy and satisfied in their jobs. It is also a best-practice example for LGAQ’s members (councils in Queensland) to follow.

Key areas of the program aimed at employees include healthy heart checks, a 10,000 Steps challenge, health education sessions, healthy catering and a family day.

LGAQ also provide a healthy working environment, with lockers, showers and bike racks, stand up (vari) desks, well-equipped kitchen facilities and free sunscreen.

The Well@Work program has contributed to an increase in staff happiness, exercise and vegetable consumption levels.

The program is sustainable, backed up with a long-term strategy and well integrated into health and safety practices. Congratulations to LGAQ on becoming a Gold Healthier. Happier. Workplace.

LGAQ’s HR Manager and Wellness Leader Angie Gibson (pictured together with wellness champion Lesley Dimmock) said: “It’s fantastic to be rewarded for our efforts. Through leading by example with our Well@Work program, LGAQ is encouraging the 77 councils across Queensland to implement their own sustainable and comprehensive wellness programs.”

The Healthier. Happier. Workplaces recognition scheme is ideal for all Queensland workplaces.

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

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

Follow LGAQ’s example and apply for recognition as a Queensland Healthier. Happier. Workplace today. Simply log into your Healthier. Happier. Workplaces account and complete your online recognition assessment.

This article appeared in our April 2015 e-newsletter View issue