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Thursday 4 September 2014

University of the Sunshine Coast was voted the Best University to Work For in 2013’ from a survey conducted by Australian University Jobs. The survey was completed by staff in Universities across Australia and evaluated staff satisfaction and general wellbeing at work. This result is a fantastic achievement for the USC community and something to be proud of.

What is wellbeing?

As a fairly new unit at the University, the HSW team are working hard to create new initiatives to improve staff wellbeing @ USC. Our strategies are based on the World Health Organisation Healthy Workplace Framework and Model which includes a holistic approach to health by creating an environment that promotes physical, mental and social wellbeing.

What activities can staff get involved in to boost wellbeing @ USC?

Do you like to walk, run, swim or practice office yoga? Want to learn how to juggle? How about make some new friends? Or do you enjoy developing your mind? Maybe you would like to seek advice or counselling? There are a range of activities and programs that have been developed for staff to take part in that will tick all these boxes and more.

A popular initiative among staff is the HSW Blitz that begun in April 2014. The HSW Blitz activities are designed to assist in team building and support general health and wellbeing by offering a range of in-house sessions. The sessions are catered to the needs of each group and range from setting up workstations correctly, juggling, office yoga, as well as the how-to’s on risk assessment and incident reporting.

Overall the support for the HSW Blitz and other staff activities has been positive. Approximately 1000 staff have participated in an initiative to boost wellbeing @ USC in the past year. As a result, the level of staff enthusiasm allowed USC to share the title of ‘Best University to Work For in 2013’.

So what can the USC community do maintain this status for future years?

From a Health Safety and Wellbeing perspective, it is important for staff to continue to engage and contribute to the USC community and in particular get involved in wellbeing initiatives set out for staff. The HSW team strives to engage staff and address the needs and interests of our workplace and consequently staff input is essential. Given this, we welcome your feedback on current initiatives and any ideas you may have for new programs or activities.

To get up to date with current HSW initiatives, visit USC HSW and look out for emails from the HSW team.

What HSW initiatives do you like best at USC?

What HSW initiatives would you like to see in the future?

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