Wellbeing Policies

Benefits of employee wellbeing policies

Create a happier, more productive team with a tailor-made health and wellbeing policy

Employee wellness has always been important – but now more so than ever. Barely a day goes past without workplace bullying, burnout, mental health, or stress being in the news. Diversity and remote working are additional hot topics – and challenges – employers face. And that’s where wellbeing policies come into play: they provide comprehensive guidelines and procedures around employee wellbeing. They let your team know what’s acceptable, what isn’t, and what support is available. That way everyone knows where they stand, and what’s expected from them – and how to access help.

As a result, a robust and customised health and wellbeing policy improves staff morale and productivity, workplace satisfaction, and employee retention.

Our experienced team of HR experts can create a tailor-made employee wellbeing policy to suit the needs of your organisation.

What should be included in a health and wellbeing policy?

Wellbeing policies can be as specific or as broad as you’d like them to be: it all comes down to what’s right for your organisation. Here are some of the most popular policies to include:

Mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is a huge topic right now, especially around stress and fatigue, and employers have a responsibility to protect employees’ mental wellbeing under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

physical-wellbeing-icon

Physical wellbeing

Any work environment can take a physical toll, whether it’s a poorly set-up computer workstation; factory, warehouse or engineering work; or heavy, physical work, such as construction, labouring, and horticulture. Therefore it’s important to have policies in place that state how you will manage these risks and support employees.

Bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment

Specify the processes and procedures around bullying and harassment, and provide guidance around what is – and isn’t – acceptable behaviour in the workplace.

drug-and-alcohol-icon

Alcohol

Employers have legal responsibilities around alcohol, and it’s prudent to have rules in place around drinking at work, and also about drinking before coming to work.

Smokefree

Smokefree at work

Employers need to protect staff from second-hand smoke in indoor work areas under the Smoke-Free Environments Act. However, the Act doesn’t cover vaping – so it’s important that your health and wellbeing policy covers this. Your policy may also include a section on how staff who wish to quit smoking will be supported.

sunsmart-icon

SunSmart

With New Zealand’s high levels of UV (ultraviolet) light and melanoma cases, it’s important to have policies in place for employees who spend significant amounts of time working outdoors. It’s about meeting your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act, as well as keeping your team safe.

responsible-hosting-icon

Responsible hosting

It’s prudent to have rules around social activities involving food and alcohol, whether it’s hosting clients, or having a staff work function. You’ll also need to comply with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

illness-injury-icon

Returning to work after an illness or injury

Specify how you’ll support an employee when they return to work, as their working conditions and hours may need to change.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

Identifying how your workplace engages the benefits of a diverse workforce, and what policies are in place to support this.

Tailor-made wellbeing policies

Our experienced HR experts can work with you to create a suite of wellbeing polices that are appropriate to your business and your industry.

“We have used the services of ConsultingHQ for a number of years. They are efficient and provide valuable support not only to management but also for all our valued staff. They have a helpful and engaging approach that inspires and motivates personnel.”

Laughton Brodie, Ceratelle Marketing and Fasteners Direct Global

“We have used the services of ConsultingHQ for a number of years. They are efficient and provide valuable support not only to management but also for all our valued staff. They have a helpful and engaging approach that inspires and motivates personnel.”

Laughton Brodie, Ceratelle Marketing and Fasteners Direct Global

Do you need help with wellbeing policies?

Find out how we can help you
Find out how we can help you: simply send us your details, and you’ll hear from one of our friendly HR advisors within 1 to 2 business days.
peopleinc-logo
people-inc-logos