- Andrew Douglas, Principle, Finding Heart
About the Workshop | Developing a Wellbeing Based Business Strategy
The Developing a Wellbeing-Based Business Strategy Workshop will reveal how an effective evidence-based wellbeing strategy can assist you in creating a healthy work culture, which will ultimately lead to improved organisational performance and success. Led by renowned leadership professional Andrew Douglas, the 2-day Wellbeing Business Strategy Workshop offers theoretical and practical knowledge giving you valuable insight into the challenges that surround wellbeing in the workplace. Combining top level presentations, real ‘lived’ problem-solving examples and case study investigations – this event will deliver an education experience like no other.
About the Workshop Leader | Andrew Douglas
Andrew is the principal of Finding Heart, a business that assists organisations strategically manage future change and risk. As a trusted adviser, mentor and facilitator, Andrew’s role outside law involves working with executives, executive groups, directors and boards throughout Australia and Asia to shape strategic directions for organisational change, develop change strategies and build cohesive plans to operationalise that change. He also designs managerial training to engage, align and embed strategic change and build leadership skills within client organisations. Andrew is also the National Workplace Practice Head for Macpherson Kelley Lawyers in Australia with an established reputation for achieving positive outcomes for his clients in workplace law.
WHY is this a necessary workshop? | Q & A with Andrew Douglas
Here are some insights into the reasons why we believe that this is a necessary and practical workshop for today’s busy HR professionals
ELM Question: Andrew, you’ve come at wellbeing as a result of your experience in workplace law. Can you give us some insights into what challenges you have seen?
Andrew Douglas Answer: Being a workplace lawyer is akin to being a pathologist; you are often asked to help when the damage is done. However, as I learnt more about the concepts of wellbeing, and worked with clients on wellbeing, it became obvious many of the problems we faced before didn’t occur. Moreover, there were obvious improvements to engagement, productivity and retention.
ELM Q: Your workshop focuses less on the talk and slides, and more on building foundations which will help organisations build a holistic strategy. Why is that?
AD A: Wellbeing is a lived experience. The workshop provides all the technical and legal education but allows you to explore it through live problem solving. This allows attendees to test the tools, reflect upon their own work and the needs at work and then take the tools home.
ELM Q: Why is it important to understand the legal structure which underpins wellbeing?
AD A: The legal structure creates an enforceable and reliable basis for understanding and delivery of a wellbeing environment. Once employees recognise wellbeing is more than a feel-good thing, and is a genuine workplace business strategy supported by law, they buy in.
ELM Q: In brief, what are three key ways data can be leveraged to improve wellbeing?
AD A: Data tells you the health of your employees:
- Where are the hot spots that need resources to improve health and business outcomes?
- What organisational processes are impacting upon health and how to improve the outcomes
- Linking health to performance and understanding how to use your resources to improve both
ELM Q: What are some of the most effective strategies you’ve seen in improving workplace wellbeing? Will you be exploring these at the upcoming workshop?
AD A: I will look at four high profile organisations and how they approach health, particularly
- clarity around purpose and value
- data collection
- change management
- constant improvement
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