The City of Bayswater is a local government organisation in an inner urban location close to the Perth CBD. With a diverse and multicultural population, the City carries out projects that promote social connection, support the local economy, and protects environmental assets. The organisation is built on the values of innovation, respect, excellence and accountability; with a culture that ensures the continual learning and advancement of staff.
Health and Wellbeing Profile
City of Bayswater's workplace health and wellbeing program, titled Fit4Life, is coordinated by the human resources department and has been running since 2015.
The Fit4Life annual program was developed in consultation with senior leadership and staff using both formal and informal consultation methods. The program's action plan identifies key goals and objectives regarding the topic areas of smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and mental health. The Program Coordinator has also undertaken the free, online HWWA Coordinator Training.
"For those employees without email access or working unusual hours we try to get down to tool box meetings and we ask team leaders to promote initiatives. We find what works best for us is when the information comes from the top. When our leaders are actively promoting initiatives and getting on board we have better participation from our employees," says the City's Program Coordinator.
"A good example of this is our annual fitness challenge. Our senior management team always participates and we therefore have great participation rates and some really healthy competition between teams."
When planning for health and wellbeing activities, the City also takes into consideration the different needs and wants of their diverse workforce. Results from staff consultation is used to guide the development of suitable initiatives and timeframes for teams and individual groups.
Health and Wellbeing Program Activities
City of Bayswater's Fit4Life Program encompasses a wide range of different strategies and activities, including:
Dedicated program coordinator to oversee and plan for future health and wellbeing activities
Nutrition workshops and healthy cooking demonstrations
Free staff membership to the City's gym and aquatic facilities
Lunch time fitness sessions and annual fitness challenges
Strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour, such as walking meetings, "email free Fridays" and sit-stand desks
Participation in community fitness events such as Bike to Work day and Bike Week events
Adequate kitchen facilities to encourage staff to prepare and store fresh food
End of trip facilities and electric pool bikes to encourage staff to actively commute
Individual health assessment including skin cancer screening and flu vaccinations
By investing in the City’s workforce, we are protecting our most valuable resource. Our supportive culture works hand in hand with our health and wellbeing program to ensure our staff have a balanced lifestyle, feel valued and can connect as a team. This gives us great strength as an organisation and ensures we can continually provide a high-quality service for our community.