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Thursday, 26 October 2017 by the Southern Cross team


At Wellbeing now 2017, not only do we want to share inspiration about how you can take wellbeing to the next level in your organisation, we also want to introduce you to some organisations who are already leading the way!

This year we’ll share the stories of 4 kiwi employers who have noticed marked improvements in workplace culture and purpose after introducing wellbeing initiatives.

William Buck
Kim Daji - General Manager Human Resources and Administration

‘Changing Lives’ sums up the purpose of William Buck group. This reflects the important role these Chartered Accountants and Advisors play in the lives of clients, employees and the wider community. To ensure the team realise these aspirations, Kim works closely with senior leadership so wellbeing is holistically woven through firm wide initiatives, daily conversations and, most importantly, workplace culture.

Cure Kids
Frances Benge - CEO

Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government, helping to save and improve the lives of thousands of kiwi kids. After more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry Frances joined Cure Kids in December 2015 to fulfil a passion for working in the charity sector. Frances was surprised to uncover a culture of high sick leave within an organisation that aims to improve health. She has since implemented a range of wellbeing initiatives (including brewing Kombucha for the team!) to turn this culture around.   

Simpson Grierson
Jo Copeland - Human Resources Director

Simpson Grierson was the first New Zealand organisation to earn the Rainbow Tick and be recognised as inclusive of gender and sexual diversity. They discovered a number of employees who were not “out” at work in fear of limiting their law careers in this “conservative” profession. A former employment lawyer herself, and advocate for workplace equality, Jo lead this change in culture to ensure people could bring their authentic-selves to work and eliminate this source of anxiety or stress.

Premier Group Int
Brett Etchells - Ambassador

Brick and paver manufacturers, Premier Group International, are paving the way when it comes to workplace wellbeing, being named Overall Winner (and Small Workplace category too) at the 2016 IBM Best Workplaces Awards. Their mission is to “deliver happiness, create raving fans and beautify our world”, which is driven by Premier Group’s serious passion for creating happy and engaged workplace cultures. We spend about third of our lives at work and Brett believes if we’re happy and have purpose at work, this will flow through to our personal lives too.

Want to find out more about how these organisations are leading the way with workplace wellbeing? Join us at Wellbeing now 2017.


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