The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is stepping up its support of employees mental and physical wellbeing as part of the RU OK? Day initiative.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the City has participated in RU OK? Day in previous years, but felt it was time to do more.
“Whilst RU OK? Day is a great way to start the conversation around wellbeing, it’s become really clear, especially in this COVID environment, that there’s more to say after ‘are you okay’,” Mr Walker said.
“Over the past month or so, I have been having informal meetings with staff from across the organisation, from across all levels and our different facilities, trying to get an understanding of how everyone is feeling, and taking the temperature of the organisation.
“It became really clear to me that the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing effects, such as the continued hard border closure, have had a really significant impact on our staff here at the City, and I’m sure across all of the community, and we wanted to put something in place to support our City employees.
“We have put together a week long ‘Mind your Health’ program that kicks off with RU OK? Day this Thursday and includes informal sessions for staff with mental health focused guest speakers, yoga classes and mindfulness workshops to provide a holistic approach to mental health,” he said.
“We are also running a series of SMG Health Workshops, which are designed to give staff the skills and understanding to manage their mental health in the workplace and build resilience and stress management techniques.
“This isn’t just about developing self-management skills, but also about ensuring our team can understand and recognise the signs and symptoms in their colleagues.”
RU OK? Day is Thursday 10 September 2020 and is a national day of action when Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”.