On Tuesday 29 November, the Human Resources Unit is bringing free health checks, massages and smoothies to UTS as part of its Health Expo. The expo aims to educate staff on the link between staying healthy and boosting productivity in the workplace.
“On a normal day, most people might get 10 tasks done, but someone who is not mentally or physically well might end up just doing one,” says Health and Wellbeing Partner Anna Dawson.
“It’s not just your physical health, it’s your psychological health, your emotional health and your financial health too,” adds fellow Health and Wellbeing Partner Rhonda O’Sullivan.
She says, “The expo is there to motivate and stimulate you to look at the things that are already happening in your department that you can expand on or to give you an idea of what you can do differently.
“We want to get you to think about what you could be doing to improve your life.”
To do this, the expo will include information stalls, competitions and free, 10-minute, one-on-one consultations with qualified health practitioners. The appointments will offer staff the chance to have their blood pressure, skin and eyes checked, or to have a massage.
It’s a way, say Dawson and O’Sullivan, for individuals, faculties and units to start a conversation about long-term healthy living.
“It’s about awareness and education,” explains Dawson.
“It’s about finishing the year off on a good note but also reminding us, when we do come back to work, that these are some of the things we need to consider and be mindful of.”
For Dawson, personally, the most appealing part of the expo is set to be the smoothie stand which she hopes will not only be a tasty treat on the day but something she can bring back to her office after the event.
“It’ll be fun! Maybe it will encourage people in HRU to chip-in to buy fruit and yogurt and we could have a weekly smoothie stand.”
The benefits of healthy living, say Dawson and O’Sullivan, can even extend into home life. “If people are healthy at the workplace then they’re more likely to be healthy at home and in their interactions with their family and partners,” explains Dawson.
“And if you’re in a good state of mind you’re more likely to do your job well and that’s what we’re looking to promote. We want everyone to be fit and positive at work so you’re providing more positive vibes in the workplace.”
To find out more or to register for consultations and health checks, visit uts.ac/2e1ZDR0