Being able to support, encourage and uplift family and community can be an important part of maintaining wellbeing. The five ways to wellbeing teach us that we can develop protective factors that help support us in tough times.
Here are some ways to keep learning, take notice of, be active with, connect to and give to our whānau.
Wellbeing Induction for our people
We have a robust Induction programme here at Otago Polytechnic. Staff and Learner Wellbeing is one of our organisations top priorities, therefore ensuring our people understand our culture of wellbeing from the get-go pays dividends for us all.
An induction sets the scene for how an organisation’s culture works and how new staff members
(kaimahi hou) become part of a new environment. Including wellbeing in the induction process helps
new employees to understand the support available to them and sets out how our workplace will
support their mental health and wellbeing at work.
Our Induction programme covers staff hauora in terms of making connections with people who can support plus we have learning opportunities within the programme.
This guide from Working Well provides a guideline on ensuring wellbeing is a focus of induction.
Create a personal wellbeing plan
The purpose of a wellbeing plan is to identify possible stressors within your life or at work, and helpful ways to approach these. It may be something that you do for yourself and refer to as you need it. It may be something that you create and share with your manager, or a close friend at work. How you create and implement your plan is up to you.
Team building opportunities
If you would like information on how to design an exercise, workshop or learning opportunity specific to your team:
Mental Health Organisational Accreditation
This is a result of exciting research completed by Suzie Bartlett Principal Lecturer whilst working towards attaining her Doctorate of Professional Practice. Suzie along with Anne Tacon, Katy Lockwood and Hayley Laughton are working towards a roll out of accreditation criteria by the end of 2021.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Grief and Loss
Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a loved one in these restricted times is even more difficult.
These resources have been created by people with lived experience of grief and loss and suicide bereavement. They offer tips on how to manage grief, practical information on how tangihanga and funerals may look during this period and information on where to find support.
You can also make contact with Steve Downey, Otago Polytechnic Chaplain to arrange a time to talk.
We are proud to be the first ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnics) to have been awarded the Rainbow Tick and one of the first organisations in the South Island to gain the certification.
Rainbow Tick certification is granted to organisations that complete a diversity and inclusion certification process.
Having a good understanding of your current financial situation and your financial needs for the future is a practical thing you can do for your wellbeing.
We have support and professional development options to assist you to consider your financial plans or prepare for retirement.
If the level of wellbeing in your family fluctuates - you are not alone.
You can hear the stories of NZers who have struggled and got through below:
For information on how you can support your whānau to get through visit:
Activities while at home
Sparklers at Home is a great little website that provides activities and tools for wellbeing to do at home with your tamariki.
Pop -Up Markets
We love to support our learner whānau when they showcase their products in pop up stalls. These include horticulture, fashion, art, household and industry products and food. Keep a look out on our digital screens for upcoming events.
Taha whānau | Family and social