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To help make us and our programs a little better every day, we stay on top of the latest research and best practice guidelines. Here are some of the latest and greatest articles for your reading pleasure. We love this stuff, health promotion and injury prevention are our passion. If these are too wordy for you, check out the infographic series in the categories below and please help yourself to our free workplace resources designed to improve your employees interaction with their environment (because we know that works).


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  • ARTICLES & VIDEOS

    Happiness Advantage | Mindful Minutes | Wellness Programs | Injury Rate | Injury Prevention | Workplace Injury and Disease | Secret to Happiness | Sleep Quality | Life's Simple 7 | $60.6 Billion | Activity Levels | Investing in Worker Health | Workers Compensation
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    Injury Rate and Associated Cost Savings

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    Firefighting is a hazardous occupation that often requires strenuous work in dynamic and unpredictable environments. Leffer and Grizzell (2010) found a ROI of $4.60 for every dollar invested in a 2-year program (savings were based on workers compensation claims and medical costs).

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    Benefits of Workplace Injury Prevention, Health and Wellbeing Programs

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    Employers run health and wellbeing programs because they want to:

    • Improve work performance and productivity
    • Reduce costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism, disability and workers’ compensation
    • Improve the culture of the organisation and retain existing employees
    • Improve the organisation’s image, attract talented employees and fulfil corporate social responsibility obligations

    http://www.usc.edu.au/media/3121/WorkplaceWellnessinAustralia.pdf

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    All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

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    When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that:

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    The Cultural Impact of Wellness Programs

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    “It’s become critical to create a culture that engages employees, showing them that the company cares about all aspects of their well-being. Employers need employees who are able to engage and to get that, employers have to invest in their workforce with tools and resources that drive

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    Activity Levels in Adult Australians

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    According to the Department of Health, 70% of Australians do not meet the current recommended guidelines for physical activity. This can drastically increase the risk of many chronic diseases, resulting in reduced workplace productivity, increased absenteeism and presenteeism.

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    The Happy Secret to Better Work

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    I really loved The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, but if you don’t have the time to read (or listen to as I did) this great book on boosting your happiness, be sure to check out his TED talk.

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    Life’s Simple Seven

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    Improvements in the 7 modifiable risk factors put forward by the American Heart Association is associated with improved productivity, reduced depressive symptoms, improved optimism, and a lower number of absent days per month.

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    Cost of Workplace Injuries in Australia Per Year

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    $60.6 Billion!!! Where does the money come from? 5% of the total cost is borne by employers, 74% by workers and 21% by the community. These costs are largely made up of:

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    Flow, the secret to happiness

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow, the secret to happiness

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    The Evidence for Investing in Worker Health and Wellbeing

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    The Benefits to Business. Workplace health and wellbeing programs can significantly improve the health of employees.

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    Workers Compensation and Reducing Premiums

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    There is a growing trend towards improving the general health and wellbeing of working Australian’s instead of simply targeting physical injuries (which is very exciting!).


  • CASE STUDIES

    Improving Resilience | Aged Care Services | Performance Outcomes | Employee Effectiveness | Health and Safety Program | Boral Program
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    Improving Resilience and Mental Wellbeing

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    The global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has found that employees with mental ill-health are likely to be absent from work 7.5 times longer than those with a physical illness. Therefore, while the numbers of employees absent may be fewer, the effect on the business is potentially far greater.

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    The Effect of Exercise Programs in Reducing Injuries in Aged Care Services

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    The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus recognised that their workforce was incurring greater than industry average rates of injury due to manual handling.

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    How Employee Engagement Affects Performance Outcomes

    Employee engagement requires a gradual, consistent approach with regular monitoring and measuring to ensure you can work steadily towards continued improvement. The impact that employee engagement can have on your working population is staggering (see above). Start small, think big.

    Gallup, 2013

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    Self-Rated Performance of Employee Effectiveness

    When an Australian study considered the combined effects of self-rated work performance and absenteeism data they found that the healthiest employees are almost three times more effective than the least healthy, with the healthiest employees working approximately 143 effective hours per month compared to 49 effective hours per month by the least healthy.

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    Pathway to Better Health and Safety Program

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    The Department of Public Works ‘Pathway to Better Health and Safety’ Program was developed in conjunction with an external provider.

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    Boral “BWell” Program

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    The Boral “BWell” Program has been in operation since 2004. This is a whole of company initiative which offers a wide range of assessment and intervention options to 10,000 employees across hundreds of sites within Australia. The program is reviewed annually with new services regularly being added to keep the program “fresh” and participation high.


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    References:

    International Association of Fire Fighters and International Association of Fire Chiefs. The fire service joint labor management wellness-fitness initiative. 3rd edn. Washington, DC: International Association of Fire Fighters, 2008.

    Leffer M, Grizzell T. Implementation of a physician-organized wellness regime (POWR) enforcing the 2007 NFPA standard 1582: injury rate reduction and associated cost savings. J Occup Environ Med 2010;52:336–9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20190648

    Ruseckaite R, Collie A. The incidence and impact of recurrent workplace injury and disease: a cohort study of WorkSafe Victoria, Australia compensation claims. BMJ Open 2013;3(3):1–7

    Jørgensen MB, Villadsen E, et al. Does employee participation in workplace health promotion depend on the working environment? A cross-sectional study of Danish workers.BMJ open, 2016; 6

    Workplace wellness in Australia. Pricewaterhouse Coopers 2010.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes

    Activity levels in adult Australians. The Department of Health, 2012.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

    The Role of American Heart Association (AHA) in Advancing Workplace Health Promotion. Am J Health Promot-2016;563-82

    http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/cost-injury-illness/pages/cost-injury-illness

    https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow

    https://www.comcare.gov.au/Forms_and_Publications/publications/services/safety_and_prevention/safety_and_prevention/bene_to_busin_the_evid_for_invest_in_work_health_wellbeing

    http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/workers-compensation/pages/workers-compensation

    http://www.gallup.com/services/178517/state-global-workplace.aspx