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About the initiativeMelbourne Water has over 800 employees working across a range of locations throughout its catchment area The organisation has long been involved with numerous different activities and initiatives spanning blood donations boot camps yoga meditation health checks and so on However for a long time they were ad hoc The need for a framework around those activities was identified Such a framework enables a more strategic approach as well as the ability to measure how effective each campaign is The framework centres around three core beliefsAll harm is preventableEveryone is a safety leaderMelbourne Water values personal wellbeingActivities are run as campaigns The Wellbeing Coordinator puts together a schedule and identifies key contacts at each site tend to be volunteers rather than nominees Success is attributed to having the support of key people in senior positions having carefully planned initiatives and having the perseverance to drive the actionThe Safety and Wellbeing area has set a target that within 5 years 80 of staff will appreciated that the organisation is interesting in and cares about employees wellbeingHow the initiative came aboutThree years ago the Safety and Wellbeing manager conducted a gap analysis and identified that while there were policies and procedures around safety in the workplace there was an opportunity to do more in the mental health space There was and is a Zero Harm policy whereby no harm of any kind is tolerated at Melbourne Water However there was a desire to shift the focus into a more positive spaceA considerable amount of research was conducted reading articles attending conferences and so on A wellbeing Coordinator was appointed After some time and much work the new policy that has six safety and wellbeing pillars was developed and is currently being approved by the BoardBenefits and outcomesEAP calls have doubledwith greater promotion the more people will use itA Wellbeing Coordinator is in placeHave a strategy and policy that looks specifically at
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