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Free resiliency workshops aim to help Canterbury businesses thrive

Friday, 3 August 2012 by Aimee Bourke

Southern Cross is offering businesses in the Canterbury region a free resiliency training workshop for their employees.

The offer is open to all businesses in Canterbury, not just those with Southern Cross health insurance group schemes.
The three-hour workshop, run by Christchurch-based wellness provider Synergy Health, is designed to help staff build the skills needed to bounce back effectively during challenging times. The workshop covers strategies for better sleep, building emotional resilience and promoting physical wellbeing.
Southern Cross Health Society Chief Executive Peter Tynan said ongoing uncertainty and daily stresses could challenge even the most resilient person.
“Cantabrians are by nature a pretty tough bunch, so our goal is simply to provide employees with the tools to help manage their health and stress levels. It is a small way we can also give back to the business community.”
The workshop will be held at Riccarton Racecourse function centre on Thursday 13th September 2012 from 9am to 12pm and has a capacity of 300 people.
Southern Cross is New Zealand’s largest employer group health insurer and corporate wellness service provider. Over the last couple of years, resiliency training has become one of the most requested workshops offered by Southern Cross, said Tynan.
“This is in a large part due to the extra pressures of the economic downturn. People are being asked to do more with less, or there may be the uncertainty of restructuring or financial difficulties on the home front. Equally the customers people are dealing with may be that much more stressed.”
“We find employers want to help their teams because it’s the right thing to do. But we also know that a healthier workforce, both physically and mentally, will have benefits for business productivity.”
Businesses can register for the workshop by emailing
About Southern Cross Health Society:
Southern Cross Health Society has 820,000 members, with 440,000 of those insured through employer group schemes. Around 50,000 Cantabrians have health insurance through Southern Cross employer group schemes.