Active care is a proactive way to improve employee wellbeing together with business performance.

Why is Active Care the next big trend in employee wellbeing?

In 2023, employee wellbeing and retention strategies need to evolve. Employees want more control and they’re looking to their employers to help them gain that control. From shopping and entertainment to transport and beyond, people now expect to be able…

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How does empowering your employees lead to better outcomes?

The concept of empowerment is “rooted in the 1960s ideology of social action, which embraces community change, capacity building, and collectivity”. But, the term “empowerment” comes from American psychologist, Julian Rappaport, who in 1981 articulated it to describe the process…

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Why should employers share responsibility for wellbeing?

According to the International Labour Organization, “Workers’ wellbeing is a key factor in determining an organisation’s long-term effectiveness”. This means that employers need employees to be safe and well if they are to perform at their best.  But as our…

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Why do workers expect employers to help with their wellbeing?

Pre-2020, few employers meaningfully acknowledged that work and personal lives were inextricably linked. Instead, they sustained “the myth of separate worlds”, as labelled by Harvard Business School’s Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and did not see an employee’s wellbeing as their…

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Dr Jamie Phillips, Medical Director, says psychological debriefing is an employee wellbeing myth.

Debunking 5 myths of employee wellbeing, with Dr Jamie Phillips [Video]

Recently, Sonder’s Dr Jamie Phillips was invited to debunk five myths of employee wellbeing for members of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia. Having personally made mistakes in the past, this is a topic Jamie is passionate about, as he…

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Tips to help organisations minimise the ripple effect and the cost of poor employee wellbeing.

How can organisations minimise the ripple effect of poor employee wellbeing?

In this final instalment of our four-part series discussing the ripple effect of poor employee wellbeing, we provide organisations with suggested next steps for how they can minimise the impact of the ripple effect on both workforce health and lost…

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The ripple effect cost of lost productivity across multiple workplaces is hidden but substantial.

What is the ripple effect costing organisations?

Organisations are leaking millions of dollars each year in absenteeism, presenteeism, workers’ compensation, employee turnover, and the ripple effect of lost productivity from colleagues and family members – all because many employees are not well. What is this costing organisations…

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The ripple effect of lost productivity across multiple workplaces reveals the hidden costs.

Why does poor employee wellbeing affect multiple workplaces?

As discussed in the first article in our four-part series, poor employee wellbeing can cause a ripple effect in the workplace because it can reduce not only the productivity of one employee but many employees. This second article illustrates how…

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The ripple effect of lost productivity reveals the hidden cost of poor employee wellbeing.

How can poor employee wellbeing cause a ripple effect in the workplace?

Healthy employees are the lifeblood of successful organisations. Other factors contribute, such as a workplace culture that is physically and psychologically safe, employment policies that are positive and progressive, jobs that are designed to match employee skills and needs, and…

Australian psychosocial safety rules and regulations 2023. Legislation. Codes of practice. WHS.

Psychological health and safety in 2023: What’s changed?

When ISO 45003 was released in June 2021 – as the first global standard that provided specific guidance on the management of psychosocial risks and the promotion of wellbeing at work in a manner consistent with other health and safety…

Last quarter, we helped 10,000+ employees and students with safety, medical, mental health support.

Do employees need medical support more than mental health support?

Over the years, employee wellbeing initiatives “to keep employees happy” have been many and varied. They’ve included everything from yoga studios, food trucks, NASA sleep pods, climbing walls, puppytoriums, karaoke parties, music-jam sessions, wine bars, massage, in–office scooters, volleyball courts,…

How is organisational change affecting employee wellbeing? We review data from 10,000+ support cases and give tips for managers and HR.

Organisational change and employee wellbeing: 5 tips from 10,000+ cases

Rapid transformation has become a staple of the modern workplace. Technological advances and skills shortages combined with rising costs and productivity pressures, mean that organisations are continually exploring ways to gain a competitive edge. But, whilst leaders tend to love…

How can organisations better support their 24/7 workforces? There is good evidence that shift work is related to serious health issues.

How can organisations better support 24/7 workforces?

With round-the-clock access to many goods and services, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the people that power our always-on world. For example, the: Factory workers producing goods day and night; Truck drivers travelling across the country while everyone else…

Are Australian universities keeping up with the changing needs of international students?

Are universities keeping up with the changing needs of international students?

Today is International Students’ Day – a day of international observance of the student community and a celebration of the multiculturalism of international students. It’s a day to appreciate what the international student community brings to their host nations, as…

2021 results regarding the learning experience for international and domestic students in Australia.

QILT SES results: the challenge of low learner engagement, and the importance of personal safety

The latest QILT Student Experience Survey (SES) results brought both positive and negative news for the Australian tertiary education sector. On the positive side, the university student experience in Australia has started to improve. On the not-so-positive side, more work…

Wellbeing agents of change Melanie Silva, Steven Worrall, Elle Dias and Heidi Beck.

Q&A with Melanie Silva, Steven Worrall, Elle Dias, and Heidi Beck (Sydney event) [Video]

We are pleased to share this final instalment from our recent Agents of change for organisational wellbeing event. Held in our Sydney office, this event for wellbeing leaders generated much formal and informal discussion as attendees and panellists shared questions…

Wellbeing agents of change Steven Worrall from Microsoft and Melanie Silva from Google.

Wellbeing agents of change: Steven Worrall and Melanie Silva (Sydney event) [Video]

We are excited to share the next instalment from our recent Agents of change for organisational wellbeing event held in our Sydney HQ. This session’s panel brings together two high-profile Australian managing directors who have become personal agents of social…

Wellbeing agents of change Heidi Beck from Team Global Express, and Elle Dias from Red Bull.

Wellbeing agents of change: Heidi Beck and Elle Dias (Sydney event) [Video]

Recently, we were delighted to host a gathering of wellbeing leaders at our Agents of change for organisational wellbeing event in Sydney. Transformational change only happens when leaders ‘walk the talk’, so we were keen to hear how some of…

Mental Health Australia Report to the Nation. A pulse check on our mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Australia’s Report to the Nation

On 10 October 2022, Mental Health Australia (a peak, national, non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and issues in Australia), in collaboration with global research firm Ipsos, released their first Report to the…


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