Would you like to win an Extra Day’s Paid Annual Leave?

Is there a Netflix series you just can’t wait to binge on? Do you need to take a day to shop for your holiday essentials? Well here’s your chance to win an EXTRA day’s annual leave and it’s all for a good cause too.

GOAL has been running Duvet Day for five years now and 2019 is shaping up to be another great year for the Irish humanitarian organisation. On Duvet Day, employers raffle off an extra day’s paid holiday to all employees. This year, Duvet Day is April 11th but GOAL is encouraging business to fit Duvet Day into their schedules and will offer support in organising the event at another time that suits you and your colleagues best.

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The 8 Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Programme

There’s a lot of interest in health promotion in the workplace in Ireland at the moment which is fantastic to see. Companies of all sizes are waking up to the fact that healthy and happy staff have a positive impact on productivity, engagement, morale, and culture. Promoting the wellbeing of employees can reduce absenteeism, increase attraction and retention figures, reduce health care costs and improve camaraderie and team spirit. Why then are so many Irish businesses reluctant to start a wellness programme? For those that have started something, how come so many have been unsuccessful?

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Workplace Wellness Ireland – Our First Partner!

Workplace Wellness Ireland has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Since our first event in September 2018, the membership has been growing and the demand for tickets for our events has been increasing significantly.

Dublin has been a great base for our meet ups thus far and will continue to host events on a regular basis. So many of our members are based outside of the capital though so it’s only fair that we bring some community gatherings to the regions in 2019.

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Workplace Wellness Ireland – Training Programme

Through Workplace Wellness Ireland, I regularly promote the idea of long-term thinking when it comes to wellness in Irish businesses; it’s the main driver for the community. A long-term strategic wellness programme has the potential to shape behaviour change within an organisation; a one off initiative does not.

The long-term focus is also why I’m a big fan of the healthy workplace accreditations that have been launched in Ireland recently such as the KeepWell Mark from Ibec and Healthy Place to Work. The accreditations are fantastic for Irish companies that want to promote themselves as healthy places to work, something that is becoming increasingly important for attracting and retaining talent.

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Ireland’s National Workplace Wellbeing Day 2019

Ireland’s Workplace Wellbeing Day for 2019 is fast approaching. April 12th is the date for your diary this year. Workplace Wellbeing Day is now in its fifth year and has been growing in strength and significance every year. It’s a really positive day in the Irish business calendar and something to really be proud of. Do you know there’s no other country in Europe that has a National Workplace Wellbeing Day? There may not even be another national Workplace Wellbeing Day anywhere on the planet?! Let me know if you’ve heard otherwise!

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Workplace Wellness Ireland - Our First Meet Up of 2019

The first Workplace Wellness Ireland meet up of 2019 will take place on Tuesday January 22nd. We are back in the excellent surrounds of the Bank of Ireland on Grand Canal Square.

The Workplace Wellness Ireland community is aimed at those working directly in workplace wellness in Ireland, senior leaders and HR professionals tasked with wellness promotion in their organisations and anyone that is passionate about making their workplace a healthier place to be.

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Who to Watch in Workplace Wellness in Ireland in 2019

There’s been some really positive progress in the health promotion landscape in Irish workplaces in recent years. Companies are slowly beginning to move away from box ticking wellness initiatives and two healthy workplace accreditations have been launched (with a third on the way) that promote a longer-term approach to workplace health promotion. There’s still a considerable way to go if we want to catch up with our international counterparts, particularly in the US, but there’s no doubt we are on the right path.

I see 2019 as an important year for health promotion in Irish workplaces.  I’d love to see Ireland lead the way and develop a world class ecosystem for workplace health promotion and I don’t see why we can’t. I’m doing my bit with the Workplace Wellness Ireland community which is going from strength to strength with a very exciting schedule of events planned this year.

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