Tikanga - Culture and values
Every organisation has its own culture. Culture is simply defined as the beliefs and underlying values that determine how we do what we do; how we behave to each other and how we carry out our work.
Kōrero - Communication and engagement
This section covers how we connect with our people in solving problems to improve our organisations and providing them with the information they need to thrive in their jobs.
Better work practices
Work practices and workplace design contribute significantly to our ability to work both productively and free from harm. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) employers and employees share a duty for the wellbeing of the workforce.
Ārahitanga - Leadership
Leadership at every level is a key factor in shaping organisational culture. Commitment to wellbeing is demonstrated with leaders’ role modelling resilience, commitment to wellbeing and not tolerating inappropriate behaviour.
The New Zealand Health sector depends on having a healthy and productive workforce to deliver high quality patient care.
All of us who work in health have an interest in creating work environments that enable us to be our very best. Workplaces that prioritise wellbeing have better engagement, higher productivity and reduced absenteeism. We are keen to share resources that enable this to happen and this website is an opportunity to introduce, or strengthen, practices and policies that will lead to improved wellbeing. We are pleased to be working in partnership with our union colleagues so that we can make the greatest difference in having healthy and thriving environments for ourselves and ultimately, those we provide care to.
Kath Cook, Chair of the 20 DHB CEO Group
The effectiveness of our teams across the whole of the health sector is determined by many factors, strong among these is the wellbeing of the workforce so that they can transform the skills and knowledge they possess into improved outcomes for the people we work with.
As unions and DHBs in partnership through the National Bi-partite Action Group, we are totally committed to understanding ways to improve the wellbeing of the workforce and to put those ways into action through our collective efforts.
This website provides a readily available repository for actions we will utilise for the benefit of our workforce and members, leading to even further gains for people requiring care.
Jim Green, Chair, National Bi-partite Action Group
We all know that we thrive in a workplace culture that allows genuine and open discussion on the things that matter. Workplace wellbeing is one of those things that matter. Getting it right requires real dialogue about what we need to change and how we want that change to take place.
This website is a resource to support discussion of the work environments we want in health and how we can achieve them. There is a real opportunity for us to join together to create great workplaces, which in turn will allow us to support each other and deliver excellent care to our fellow New Zealanders. I invite you to use this resource and to provide feedback and further resources so we can all share and build on actions that have a positive impact.
Richard Wagstaff, President, NZ Council of Trade Unions
NZ Public Service Association
Bullying is widespread in the public sector, especially in health and education. There are a number of resources to help you recognise bullying and advice on... Read more
Auckland DHB & College of Surgeons
This Memorandum of Understanding between the College of Surgeons and Auckland DHB sets out a joint commitment to respond effectively to inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.... Read more
Managing Fatigue & Best Rostering
National Laboratory Engagement Group
The National Labs Engagement Group have provided some plain wording on what safe work practices are required to manage fatigue for the safety of staff and... Read more
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