Ko Awatea are delighted to have been chosen as a finalist in the HRINZ HR Awards 2016 for our Mindfulness Based Resilience at Work programme.
Mindfulness Based Resilience at Work was introduced to Counties Manukau Health (C M Health) staff in an effort to assist staff who work in an environment where they are exposed to a range of emotional stressors – this training formed part of C M Health’s Emotional Safety Policy. The strategy includes management, educational and psychological resilience factors, and led to the introduction of training to build up staff’s emotional safety and resilience. The first course was offered in August 2013 and it remains in place at C M Health now.
Mindfulness has considerable research support for use with patients and is now increasingly being introduced for staff in the work place. Mental health concerns at work have a financial costs and impact on performance and productivity. According to the Health Loss in New Zealand study, anxiety and depressive disorders are the second-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders, accounting for 5.3% of all health loss, second only to coronary heart disease (9.3%).
As a healthcare organisation we are dedicated to building the resilience of our teams to do the work they do every day. Organisationally we have given a commitment to our workforce and their wellness, recognising that staff well-being is important to the care that we deliver. Based on the success of the programme so far we are now moving towards C M Health being a mindful organisation. Ko Awatea is currently delivering Mindfulness Based Resilience at Work for Counties Manukau Health staff. To date, over 400 C M Health staff have completed the Mindfulness Based Resilience at Work course with overwhelmingly positive results.
We are proud to have this programme recognised by HRINZ in their NZ HR Awards 2016 and look forward to attending the Awards ceremony on Thursday, 25th February, where the winner will be announced.