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Wellbeing GROW podcasts is a fresh approach to corporate wellbeing, health and productivity.
Our unique and engaging natural and science-based approach helps businesses and their workforce GROW. Happy, healthy people drive business success.Read more »
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CONVERSATION WITH GERALDINE KING, THE WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING MANAGER, CITIBANK
Join host Terry Robson in a discussion with Geraldine King- The Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager at Citibank. Geraldine, who started her early career as a registered OH&S nurse, is now the occupational health advisor at Citi. In this podcast, she discusses the health infrastructure and systems needed to support the employees of an organisation as busy as Citibank. When you work in a corporate space, chances are you spend most of the day sedentary. Corporate jobs require copious amounts of office work and intellectual output from professionals, sedentary behaviour often the consequence. Getting that high-pressured project done in time can leave these workers computer bound and stressed. The issue is that corporate spaces are in need of a movement, physically yes, but culturally more so. We have all been exposed to the facts and risks of remaining sedentary and stressed for long periods throughout the day. Citibank is taking a stand, and addressing the health and wellness risks associated with sedentary office work; the increased muscle aches, back pains and mental grievances. Also, in an office environment as busy as Citi, King discusses workers worry. “Someone might miss a big digit at the end of an important sum”, everything is a collaborative team effort and there is the possibility that a mistake will have a chain reaction on the company. Determined focus, keeping sharp and accomplishing a project that requires being stationed to a desk is, at times, the nature of the job. So how does a wellbeing advisor like Geraldine King, help build wellness for employees whilst keeping true to their job requirements- being a professional working in finance? King discusses why a company needs to set parameters, send out services, and see people for a one on one consultant where possible. She discusses ergonomic sweeps, which means assessing the office and creating the preventive measures that will promote better wellness in the corporate space. Dealing with mental health in the office also means dealing with social misperceptions and stigma. According to Geraldine, finding and promoting people who are willing to advocate mental health in the organisation, is an effective way of breaking down the mental health barriers at work. King is helping us pave the way in how we approach professionals suffering with mental distress, a life crisis, illness or burnout. She suggests a flexible approach to wellbeing, not just a one-size-fits-all. Depending on their situation, workers might start their days off later, leave earlier, have a few rest days in between or take a few weeks off- it will all depend on what they need and what health professionals recommend. In this approach, you don’t lose staff to a health discrepancy or a social crisis, instead building long-term employee loyalty and rapport. Listen and you will learn how Geraldine is facilitating a culture that helps managers lead teams and build emotional intelligence, both in themselves and in their teams. Why leadership style is a crucial skill in building office wellness and how top down leadership is fundamental to employee culture. You will also hear why flexibility is synonymous to the needs of the modern day worker. How do wellness advisor’s like Geraldine King assist the flexible movement, where do we promote office flexibility and where do we need to bench barriers?Read more »