MBA Masterclass: Work and Wellbeing
Leadership essentials for fostering thriving teams and organisations
Welcome to the MBA Masterclass: Work and Wellbeing proudly delivered in partnership with Deakin University.
This masterclass series conducted over 4 weeks is designed to position leaders as change agents for work wellbeing, providing a critical competitive edge for both the organisations in which individuals lead, and in their personal careers.
On this page you will find some valuable information in preparation for the Masterclass, together with links to further valuable resources and support to help you further embed learnings following the series.
WELCOME FROM KATRINA WALTON, DIRECTOR, WELLNESS DESIGNS
MEET OUR FACILITATORS
Katrina Walton, Founder & Director, Wellness Designs
Katrina has built a reputation as a pioneer of workplace wellness. She has over 25 years ‘on-the-ground’ experience in the development and implementation of multi award-winning wellness and human capital solutions for small to large organisations across the globe. Katrina is a sought-after speaker and trainer, having presented throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, including as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University.
Audrey McGibbon, Psychologist and CEO GLWS Wellbeing
Audrey is a registered psychologist, researcher, author and speaker with 30 years’ experience of helping leaders reach, maintain and sustain peak performance, and to do so without having to make unacceptable trade-offs with their wellbeing, mental health or personal lives. Audrey has conducted extensive research into the factors that drive leaders’ wellbeing and performance and shares these insights via the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS) which comprehensively measures the multi-dimensional, subjective and dynamic nature of wellbeing.
Dr Angela Martin, Principal Consultant, Pracademia & Adjunct Professor, University of Tasmania
Angela is a highly experienced Industrial/Organisational Psychology researcher, educator & practitioner specialising in workplace mental health. With over 80 peer reviewed research papers focusing on creating healthier workplaces in small business, the public sector and emergency services, Angela is able to span a range of academic disciplines and work environments.
An organisation is only as healthy as its employees. As leaders strive to navigate the future of work post COVID, employee wellbeing has become one of the undisputed challenges for organisations across the globe. Investing in employee wellbeing is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ but business critical. However, cultivating a wellbeing focused culture requires strategic leadership, including how to:
- Identify, analyse and mitigate physical, psychological, social and environmental risks for your teams and organisation
The post COVID world requires exploring and addressing the changing nature of how and where we work, leaner teams, higher stress levels and a world full of increasing complexity. Through proactively addressing these issues, leaders can enhance physical and mental capacity, boost employee engagement and reduce the likelihood of other negative flow ons for both themselves and the business.
- Creating a results-oriented wellbeing strategy that aligns to and supports business goals
This requires leaders to have an in-depth understanding of key principles and leading-edge global practice for developing an employee wellness strategy that works and sticks – at an individual, team and organisational level.
- Optimise personal wellbeing to maintain effective and sustainable leadership
Ultimately, leaders need to be well to lead well. By prioritising wellbeing and understanding some of the key personal drivers, leaders can learn how to alleviate loneliness, work life conflict and physical and mental stress, that can sometimes be a part of senior leadership roles.
This practical Masterclass led by an expert panel with over 65+ collective experience, will position leaders as change agents for work wellbeing, providing a critical competitive edge for both the organisations in which individuals lead, and in their personal careers.
The key takeaways include the following:
- The business imperative for investing in workplace wellness – including improved workplace morale, productivity, engagement and risk mitigation – for a high-performing organisation.
- Ways to foster a mentally healthy workplace, including responsibilities and obligations, and how to recognise and support employees with mental health issues.
- An exploration of personal wellbeing and self- care as a critical foundation for effective and sustainable leadership.
- Strategies for serving as role models and enablers for a healthy workplace and culture.
- A 6 step framework for developing a results oriented and sustainable workplace wellbeing strategy for organisations of any size.
You must attend all webinars to record a pass mark, plus a pre-viewing of at least one recorded webinar each week.
- Webinar 1: Wednesday 6th October 6-8pm DST
- Webinar 2: Wednesday 13th October 6-8pm DST
- Webinar 3: Wednesday 20th October 6-8pm DST
- Webinar 4: Wednesday 27th October 6-8pm DST
Please download this student handbook, an editable pdf that’s yours to keep. Please have this handy each week.
Workplace scanning exercise
Purpose: To undertake an initial assessment of organisational readiness, key drivers, existing strategies and workplace wellbeing needs.
- Complete Workplace Scanning Tool template including key organisational and industry drivers, priorities, current status of health and wellbeing strategy (2-3 pages)
- To guide completion of above, undertake 3 x 15-20 minute interviews with HR, Safety and/or employee representative/s (recommended) (Appendix A)
Note – if students are not currently linked to a workplace, you are provided 3 x workplace scenarios (office-based, construction and small business example) to choose from to undertake your assessment (refer Appendix B)
Following the masterclass, you will also have access to a series of additional support options to help them apply and embed key learnings back in the workplace. This includes:
- Free 30 minute virtual Wellness Discovery session with leader and/or key stakeholders to discuss findings of workplace scanning exercise (refer assessment) to guide the development of a targeted and results-oriented strategy for their organisation
- 2 months free initial access to The Hub – Australasia’s first knowledge centre for workplace wellness (value $98+GST + 20% discount ongoing if continued)
WEEK 1: HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INVESTING IN WELLBEING AT WORK
Date: Wednesday 6th October 6-8pm DST
Facilitator: Katrina Walton, Wellness Designs
- what is wellbeing at work
- why wellbeing at work
- how to create a strategy which gets results
- the role of leaders as change agents
- demonstrating the business case for investment
What did 2020 teach us and how will this influence how we approach wellbeing at work in 2021 and beyond?
We asked our esteemed Faculty (our “brains trust”) for their take.
From rising levels of mental health issues and burnout, to what constitutes good work, managing a hybrid and remote workforce, the importance of adopting a life stage approach, and addressing cultural challenges to name a few insights and predictions they share.
Download the guide here.
WORK LIFE by design podcast: Why you need a wellness strategy with Katrina Walton.
Listen to the podcast:
‘Small Business, Big Results: why investing in wellbeing is critical for a thriving business’. Presented by Katrina Walton, Director, Wellness Designs and panelists Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Commissioner, John Knight, businessDEPOT and Dr Angela Martin, Pracademia and University of Tasmania.
Summary: In this interactive panel discussion, we discuss the unique stresses facing small business, why investing in wellbeing is critical, how to ensure psychological health and safety obligations are met, where to go for further support and what you can do to support small business clients.
WEEK 2: HOW TO CREATE A MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE
Date: Wednesday 13th October 6-8pm DST
Facilitator: Dr Angela Martin, Principal Consultant, Pracademia & Adjunct Professor, College of Business & Economics, University of Tasmania
- understanding mental health – definitions
- the business case for addressing mental health at work
- adopting an integrated approach to workplace mental health
- your responsibilities as a leader
- how to identify and manage psychological distress and mental health issues in your teams or colleagues
- managing performance issues
An integrated approach to workplace mental health. Nine priorities for implementation in Australia. A white paper produced by the University of Tasmania’s Work, Health & Wellbeing Network in collaboration with national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers.
Summary: There is increasing recognition in Australia, and internationally, of the need to protect, promote and support the mental health of employees in their workplaces. This is seen as a vital strategy for improving mental health in our communities but also makes good business sense, with evidence showing economic benefits from taking such action. An integrated approach to workplace mental health seeks to simultaneously prevent work-related harm, to promote the positive aspects of work, and to manage mental illness as it manifests in the workplace.
R U OK? inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with those in their world who may be struggling with life. You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.
Everymind is a leading Institute dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide, delivering successful mental health and suicide prevention programs for over 25 years.
WEEK 3: WELLBEING AS A LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY
Date: Wednesday 20th October 6-8pm DST
Facilitator: Audrey McGibbon, Founder, GLWS Wellbeing
- what wellbeing is from a leaders’ perspective
- how to reflect on your own wellbeing and wellness shadow as a leader
- leading for mental health and wellbeing in uncertain times
How is your wellbeing right now? You should now be well aware how important your wellbeing is to your productivity and performance AND be familiar with the key factors that contribute to wellbeing. So, it’s now time for you to spend some time reflecting on your current level of wellbeing, using the GLWS Framework to help structure this.
Complete this activity prior to session:
Please download these additional resources in readiness for the session:
‘Wellbeing – whose responsibility is it anyway?’ with Audrey McGibbon.
Summary: A leaders’ wellbeing has a direct impact on their teams’ performance – and the organisation’s bottom line. Successful organisations rely on having healthy, resilient and high performing leaders. This webinar explores what responsibility leaders can reasonably be expected to take for their team’s wellbeing and how practitioners can help leaders optimise wellbeing for their people.
How to save leaders, employers and organisations on the brink of burnout.
The complete workplace wellbeing continuum.
Take time to review what you have learned and commit yourself to actions that will enable you to Learn, Live, Lead and Embed wellbeing in your team/organisation.
‘Creating supportive cultural environments for wellness’ with Dr Judd Allen.
Summary: In this webinar we explore the question – is your workplace culture supporting or undermining your workplace wellness efforts? We’re joined by globally renowned wellness culture expert and Faculty member Dr Judd Allen, who shares his insights regarding how unsupportive cultures frequently undermine positive practices and our efforts to adopt healthier lifestyles both inside and outside of the workplace. This is one you won’t want to miss.
‘Small business and wellbeing’ Q&A with with Tim Hoopmann, Speaker, beyondblue and Faculty member Anna Chipperfield, Head of People and Culture, businessDEPOT.
Summary: If you’re a small business owner or support SMEs you don’t want to miss this Q&A blockbuster! With special guests Tim Hoopmann, Speaker, beyondblue and Faculty member Anna Chipperfield, Head of People and Culture, businessDEPOT, we discuss what actions can be taken to support the wellbeing of SBOs and their teams.
Leading, working and living well.
WEEK 4: THE WELLBEING EDGE: 6 STEPS FOR DEVELOPING AN EMPLOYEE WELLBEING STRATEGY THAT WORKS
Date: Wednesday 27th October 6-8pm DST
Facilitator: Katrina Walton, Wellness Designs
Session outline: Understanding of a 6 step framework for developing a results-oriented and sustainable strategy including how to:
- identify and demonstrate the business case for investment
- determine needs, risks and priorities
- design a targeted plan with clear goals, objectives and strategies
- build a transformational wellness culture and overcome barriers to engagement
- monitor and measure the impact of your strategy
- evolve and adapt your approach
‘6 common workplace wellness mistakes and how to avoid them’ with Katrina Walton.
Summary: Research shows that financial performance increases more than 2.5x when health and wellness is encouraged within workplaces. The problem is that most companies are approaching their wellness efforts the wrong way. In this webinar undertaken in partnership with The Safe Step, Katrina Walton, Founder/Director of Wellness Designs reveals the 6 common mistakes that organisations make, and the six step framework for creating a best-practice and sustainable health and wellness strategy.
Employee wellness has always been important. But never more central to the future of work then it is now. In a dynamically changing workplace, the complex challenge every organisation faces is how to ensure the wellbeing and safety of their people, and mitigate risk.
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