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Ben Wisbey
Canberra, Australia
Ben Wisbey is the Managing Director of FitSense Australia.
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Improving staff health tends to gain traction on an organisation’s priority list for the few weeks during health checks, but how can we keep it high on the priority list year round? Promoting health within the workplace requires a comprehensive approach focused on establishing a healthy work environment. Rather than... Continue reading
Participation in FitSense health checks are voluntary and as a result participation rates vary between organisations. They vary depending on the size of the organisation or team, as well as how many previous years they have had the health checks, and the workplace culture. Perhaps one of the biggest factors... Continue reading
Encouraging fitness and offering opportunities for exercise within the workplace is one health initiative that proves very popular amongst both employers and employees. It is an excellent initiative for everyone in the workplace, from regular exercisers to those who are in need of an added boost of motivation. Those who... Continue reading
In previous blogs we have covered questions that commonly arise from organisations about workplace health programs. Often however the questions that arise amongst employee’s remain unanswered and this can lead to uncertainty when someone is deciding whether to sign up for a program or not. Below are the four most... Continue reading
Selecting a provider for your health program is never easy, and it must be done with the upmost attention to detail. The consequences of a poor provider are not just a less than ideal service, but you are also putting your staff's health and safety at risk. The Health and... Continue reading
Having healthy food easily accessible within the workplace is a successful and hugely popular health initiative. Often employees have the best of intentions when it comes to eating well and drinking plenty of water during the workday, but let’s face it, often those intentions don’t always translate to reality by... Continue reading
Seminars, webinars and group education sessions are commonly utilised workplace health initiatives. They are designed to provide staff with comprehensive health information incorporating the latest research in healthcare. Seminars are usually interactive which allows participants to learn useful skills and ask questions throughout. They are delivered onsite at your workplace... Continue reading
Why 10,000 steps? The recommended 10,000 steps a day originated in Japan in the early 1960’s. Japanese researchers found that 10,000 steps would burn roughly 20% of our energy intake through activity each day. This amount was deemed sufficient to maintain a healthy weight and prevent the onset of weight... Continue reading
What is influenza? Commonly known as ‘the flu’, influenza is a highly contagious disease that can range in severity and duration, but generally always requires at least a few days off work. The flu is a virus and is spread quickly and easily from coughing, sneezing, surface contamination and even... Continue reading
In previous posts we have discussed what workplace health programs and workplace health checks are, why staff health is so important, why the workplace is an ideal setting for targeting health, and which staff need to be the focus of workplace health programs. Now that we have explored the what,... Continue reading
The staff who are in most need of workplace health programs and who benefit the most are those who are currently at the poorest level of health. That is those who have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, or are at high risk of developing them. High risk... Continue reading
What is the value in workplace health programs? Workplace health programs are beneficial for both employees and organisations. The Business Council of Australia agrees and have coined the quote: ‘Healthy employees equals healthy organisations’ Workplace health programs offer employees the opportunity to find out their current health and fitness status... Continue reading
What is workplace health? There are multiple determinants of staff health and as a consequence many different interpretations and definitions exist. FitSense Australia has a holistic view of workplace health and one that addresses both individual and organisational factors. The definition below suits the FitSense philosophy. “Workplace health represents the... Continue reading
Why is the workplace an ideal setting for health promotion? It has been estimated that the average Australian spends approximately 1/3 of their life at work.The workplace therefore plays an important role in the physical, mental, economic and social wellbeing of workers, and in turn, their families. Subsequently, the workplace... Continue reading
What is a workplace health program and what does it involve? What are work health checks? Workplace health programs focus on improving staff health and can involve a range of activities such as work health checks, workplace health promotion, seminars, online wellness services, flu vaccinations and exercise programs. Staff health... Continue reading
Organisation: Healthcare Organisation Organisation profile: This healthcare company has 400 staff members around Australia with offices in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. When did they start their workplace health program and why? They started their workplace health program many years ago and it initially started as a benefits program... Continue reading
Organisation: CHOICE Organisation profile: CHOICE is Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group and campaigns to protect and assist consumers through changes to laws and industry behavior. CHOICE’s mission is to ensure the consumer voice is heard and to empower consumers to get the most out of all their purchasing decisions by... Continue reading
Organisation: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) Organisation profile: The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is a Commonwealth Government Department that helps shape Australia’s future economy through skills, learning, discovery and innovation. They aim to accelerate productivity growth and secure Australia’s prosperity... Continue reading
Organisation: Alstom Ltd Organisation profile: Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. The 300 staff in their Power sector have have access to their workplace health program. Staff are located in Sydney,... Continue reading
Organisation: Medical and Scientific Equipment Manufacturer Organisation profile: This organisation is a world leader in providing scientific instruments. Approximately 420 staff members have access to their workplace health program in Melbourne. When did they start their workplace health program and why? The program was started in March of 2012 as... Continue reading
FitSense is currently working on a series of case studies to assist organisations with setting up their workplace health programs. These case studies will show what other companies have done to improve the health of their staff and the associated barriers and benefits. This is the first of these case... Continue reading
FitSense recommends structuring your staff health program around annual health checks, with a range of activities spread throughout the year between health checks. These activities can vary but it is not always important for them to be delivered by external health professionals. Many beneficial activities can be conducted at little... Continue reading
FitSense Australia has always been recognised as providing quality, scientifically based workplace health programs across Australia. Since 2004, we have been slowly building our corporate health program client base as we believe in quality service and quality, which takes time. It is therefore with great excitement that FitSense Australia can... Continue reading
It has been estimated that the average Australian spends approximately 1/3 of their life at work. The workplace is therefore a priority setting for health promotion, which can be achieved through the adoption of workplace health programs. What are the benefits of providing workplace health programs? The benefits your organisation... Continue reading
In our last post we looked at the relationship between sleep and productivity. While sleep is one key aspect of health, however we not investigated the impact that structured physical activity has on workplace productivity. As a worker our primary goal is to have maximum impact for the time that... Continue reading