WellbeingHuddles March 2024

8 MARCH, 2024


After a pandemic-induced break, Leading Safety is delighted to host our 2023/4 Huddles. The aim of Huddles is to provide our valued clients, and others committed to safe and healthy workplaces, an opportunity to explore emerging safety and wellbeing issues, challenge existing assumptions, and provoke new thinking. Given the increased focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Leading Safety has decided to focus solely on wellbeing. We invite you and your colleagues to attend one or both of the following WellbeingHuddles. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to pass your invitation on to a colleague. But be sure to secure your place soon as each WellbeingHuddle is limited to 35 people.

Whether you are attending one WellbeingHuddle or both, please join us for lunch at 1.00pm and take the opportunity to network with other participants.

WellbeingHuddle #1: Better Work By Design (10:00am-1:00pm)

Good work is good for you (Comcare)

The evidence is clear – the quality of our work environments profoundly affects our mental and physical health. Well-designed, organised, and resourced work enables people to thrive, while poorly designed work exacts a heavy toll, causing harm to both physical and mental health. Work should be more than just a place to survive each day. Better work provides opportunities for meaning, connection, learning, and growth – the cornerstones of positive mental health.

As our understanding of mentally healthy work has developed, many organisations are aware that a focus on personal resilience is helpful and necessary but not sufficient. Long-term, sustainable, mentally-healthy work requires a focus on the work and not just the worker. There are many work-related factors with the potential to cause physical and/or mental harm – these exist in all types of work and at all organisational levels.

WellbeingHuddle #1 will explore Leading Safety’s Better Work By Design process, a revision of the Mental Wellbeing By Design process promoted by the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. This process goes beyond the identification of psychosocial risks to explore how work can be better designed, organised, and resourced to support workers to thrive and organisations to succeed.

Please also join us for lunch at 1.00pm and take the opportunity to network with other participants.

WellbeingHuddle #2: Be Well To Lead Well (1:45pm-4:45pm)

Nothing so conclusively proves your ability to lead others as what you do from day to day to lead yourself (Thomas J. Watson Sr)

In the post-pandemic landscape, executive stress, fatigue, and burnout have soared, with many senior leaders grappling with unprecedented levels of emotional exhaustion. This work-related fatigue transcends mere tiredness, often encompassing significant physical and psychological distress.

Enabling wellbeing is becoming a core capability for leaders, one that underpins their own performance as well as that of the organisation. What’s true for air travel – make sure to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others – is also true for wellbeing: For leaders to meet their obligation to prevent harm and protect wellbeing, they first need to safeguard their own wellbeing.

WellbeingHuddle #2 will explore Leading Safety’s Be Well To Lead Well process, which incorporates the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS). This evidence-based tool allows senior leaders to reflect on the factors known to promote wellbeing in their professional and personal lives.

Note: Each participant attending this WellbeingHuddle will be eligible to access the GLWS at a discounted rate.


Dr Hillary Bennett and Keri Woods – partners at Leading Safety – specialise in health and safety governance, leadership, and culture and have implemented improvement and development processes in organisations from a wide variety of high-hazard sectors in New Zealand and Australia.

Leading Safety also works closely with the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, which brings together 400+ business and government CEOs committed to improving the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand.

Programme dates:
Friday 8 March

Session times:
10:00am – 1:00pm (WellbeingHuddle #1: Better Work By Design)
1:45pm – 4:45pm (WellbeingHuddle #2: Be Well To Lead Well)

Cliftons Wellington
Level 28, 100 Willis Street (The Majestic Centre)

$550+GST* to attend one WellbeingHuddle (includes lunch)
$850+GST* to attend both WellbeingHuddles (includes lunch)
* Not including travel, etc.

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