The City of Subiaco is a progressive inner city local government known for its retail, hospitality and entertainment sector as well as its attractive environment and streetscapes. The City has over 200 staff which are spread over five different physical locations, providing services including but not limited to parks maintenance, recycling and waste, recreation services, library and museum, building and planning approvals and more.
Workplace Health and Wellbeing Profile
The City of Subiaco's workplace health and wellbeing program has been running for 8 years and is coordinated by the City's People and Organisational Development branch. Through its Wellness Program, the City encourages employees to undertake activities to assist in their own general health, fitness and wellbeing.
Following management endorsement and ongoing support from senior management, the City identified a Health and Wellbeing Coordinator to oversee and plan the workplace health and wellbeing program. After undertaking the HWWA Coordinator Training and staff consultation, the City developed its workplace health and wellbeing action plan.
"The City acknowledges the benefits of the program to support our people to deliver better performance for the community. After gaining initial management endorsement, the wellness program has had strong ongoing support from senior management due to the positive results," says the City's Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
Health and Wellbeing Program Activities
City of Subiaco's workplace health and wellbeing program includes the following initiatives and activities:
Dedicated Program Coordinator
Information about smoking cessation support resources and and education for staff
Healthy Eating and Catering Guidelines regarding the provision of healthy food options at catered staff events
Event Management Manual regarding the provision of alcohol at staff events
End of trip facilities including showers, bike racks and lockers.
Online Wellness Portal regarding modifiable (SNAP) lifestyle risk factors and other health related information
Discounted yearly gym membership and access to fitness classes during physical activity campaigns
Opportunity to participate in physical activity events with a subsidised fee, such as City to Surf, HBF Run for a Reason, 10,000 Steps Walking Challenge and Bike to Work Breakfast
Sit stand work stations
Individual health assessments, including flu vaccinations and skin checks
"In general, the health and wellness program and its initiatives, lift morale and assist employees to manage their own health and reactions to stress enabling them to focus on their work better," says the City's Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
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Our people are critical to delivering our services to the community. We understand that our people are our most valuable resource and we strive to offer a strong and resilient culture, a great workplace, and competitive benefits to attract and retain excellent people. Through our health and wellness program we promote a healthy work-life balance and ongoing safety, health and wellbeing initiatives to enable our people to be and do their best for our community.