How Effective is Your Wellbeing Programme, Really?

An effective wellbeing programme involves a lot more than encouraging people to move and eat their veggies.

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Dana Carver

A genuine approach to wellbeing

For the past two decades, organisational wellbeing programmes have mostly consisted of step challenges and green smoothies. But how many people are really excited about strapping on a Fitbit and powering up the juicer? Well, we can tell you: less than 20%.


An effective wellbeing programme involves a lot more than encouraging people to move and eat their veggies. Instead, modern wellbeing programmes are an integral part of a business strategy.


Strategic wellbeing programmes are where:

  • organisational culture meets health and safety
  • managers are trained in compassion and inclusion
  • leaders understand the dynamics of the modern world and how it affects mental health and productivity, and
  • the wider team understands their part to play in managing their own wellbeing.


The New Zealand Health and Safety Act states that, “workers and other persons should be given the highest level of protection against harm to their health, safety, and welfare from work risks as is reasonably practicable.” Regulation of psychosocial hazards has already started in other countries*. It won’t be long until New Zealand businesses will be required to have robust wellbeing measures in place.

Strategy is key

Unfortunately, no tick-the-box approach will ensure your team is healthy and your business protected and thriving. The key is to design a fit-for-purpose programme that meets your business’s needs and is constantly evaluated.


A wellbeing programme needs to be as strategic and systematic as any other part of the business, and that means looking after the business as well as the team.


So, goodbye to lunch-time Yoga classes and off-site mental health training, and hello to strategy sessions, logic models, and innovative education and training that reaches every corner of the business.

The ingredients

The four key main ingredients to a successful wellbeing programme are:

  1. Knowing your psychosocial hazards and risks
  2. Having policies, procedures, and initiatives in place to mitigate these risks
  3. Building an understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  4. Evaluating what you’re doing.

The menu

If you’re ready to transform the way your organisation does wellbeing, Scarlatti offers a full menu, from designing your programme (the starters), to delivering it (the mains), through to evaluating it (the dessert).

The starter

We’ll run an interactive workshop for your key team members, looking at what you’re trying to achieve and what you’re already doing. You’ll get a logic model, psychosocial hazard risk table, and a programme recommendations report.

The main

Decide what main you’d like based on the starter. We’ll give you a list of wellbeing options to choose from (and green smoothies are on the list if you really want them), from wellbeing training modules for your managers to health assessments for staff, to mental health literacy workshops. You can even order a few side dishes – like a step challenge if you want. The important thing is that whatever you order fits in your strategy and are the right things for your unique team and unique risks.

The dessert

Monitoring and evaluating your wellbeing programme is the icing on the cake. By doing a baseline survey that measures your team’s wellbeing, engagement and interests, you can measure progress and effectiveness to ensure your programme is hitting the mark, as well as gather feedback on initiatives to see which are the most popular and useful.


By the end, you’ll have a deep understanding of what mental health is; you’ll have practical, easy-to-use tips and tricks on how to keep your organisation resilient; and be fuelled with tried and tested resources.

Start your wellbeing programme now

A wellbeing programme is not only the right thing to do by your people, but with regulations likely on their way, your business needs to get ahead of the game.


If you’re thinking this sounds expensive, don’t worry; we have menus for all budgets, and one of our specialties is helping you pick the most effective option for your budget.


Wherever you are on your path for workplace wellbeing - whether you’re just starting out or have been running a wellbeing programme for a while - Scarlatti can help.


Be included in the 20% of wellbeing programmes that really make a difference – and help increase that percentage.

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