HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY ‘Kindness is contagious’ ‘Mental Health is different to mental illness’ ‘The workplace is the fifth leading cause of death’ ‘You can’t buy passion’ These are some of the soundbites from the first Wellbeing@Work
Lawrence Mitchell spoke at the Ikabo breakfast event aimed at leaders who want to improve workplace wellbeing. Lawrence spoke about his experience of creating at Reed Business Information a Living Well programme which increased employee engagement by 10%, reduced absenteeism by 40% and motivated 82% of the 3,0000 globally distributed employees to make changes to their personal health. Other speakers included Alex Lynch from Google Australia, Brett Fifield from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cindy Lenferna de la Motte from Ikabo and Natalie Yan-Chatonsky from Full Time Lives.
This is the first guest post Lawrence wrote for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's health & wellbeing website, which is based on people gaining extraordinary health inside the workplace, attaining wellness and avoiding the stress and burnout that often comes with working in an organisation. In this post, Lawrence shares his story on how he came to be passionate about wellbeing in the workplace, and how he developed a nationally-receognised award-winning health & wellbeing initiative in his organisation of 3,000 employees, in just 2 years.
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