Navigating workload and wellbeing in Aotearoa. Umbrella Wellbeing Report 2023
This report is a snapshot of how working Kiwis perceive their workload, with insights for organisations to create healthy workplaces that promote wellbeing. Data from more than 7,000 New Zealanders reveals that 43% of people have to neglect some of their work tasks because they have too much to do.
It can be so tricky to respond to bullying, including when it is happening to you and when you witness it happening to others. In these situations, we want to address the problem, but understandably worry about potentially making it worse.
Collective grief in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle
For those impacted directly or indirectly by Cyclone Gabrielle, you may have noticed that your emotions are heightened right now – or that you don’t even know what you are feeling. This is completely normal and understandable as we adjust to changing circumstances and different routines.
Mental health is a topic that many men find difficult to talk about. We often struggle to find words to support others going through a rough time, especially at work. Last year, we did a webinar on men’s mental health and collected questions from the audience.
Various terms such as “grief” and “bereavement” are used in diverse ways – in this article, we refer to “grief” as the emotions we feel in response to loss. These can include painful emotions commonly spoken about in grief, such as anger, sadness, hopelessness, shock, loneliness, despair and emptiness. However, other emotions can also be present with grief, including joy, pride, a sense of warmth, or thankfulness at having been connected to a valued human being or other. “Bereavement” is a useful term for the process of experiencing grief (the emotions) and the process of making sense of loss over time.
Have you ever reflected on the role you play in supporting your team members in terms of their mental health? Have you considered whether your previous responses to situations have helped a team member feel understood and supported, or have made them feel alienated and invalidated?
Organisations that prioritise the wellbeing of their employees have better business outcomes, lower absenteeism and presenteeism, and fewer injuries. They experience higher productivity and customer satisfaction – as well as fulfilling ethical and legal duties to look after their people.
Getting under the hood of employee financial wellbeing. What really drives your belief system around money.
White paper 2022 by Umbrella & Footprint Connect
Financial wellbeing is about more than outputs; it’s about our relationship with money and, more than that, it’s about our beliefs and the role they play in all aspects of our life, including wellbeing.
Are you noticing higher levels of fatigue in your people? Many managers are reporting more of their team members are “running out of puff”, taking longer to get tasks done, and dropping down on energy.
It’s been a rollercoaster for our small business owners in Aotearoa – jumping from lockdown to lockdown, from unknown to unknown, and navigating the minefield of ever-changing employee, stakeholder, and business needs.
The Umbrella Wellbeing Assessment is used to measure employee wellbeing, along with the many and varied factors that affect that wellbeing. For this research, we have drawn together the results from 3000 respondents to offer a unique insight into the psychological health of working New Zealanders.
Across nine research papers we offer a unique insight into the psychological health of working New Zealanders, including their resilience, key challenges, and work-life balance.
When lockdown was announced, we tried to do the right thing and draw those nearest and dearest to us to make sure we looked after each other through this trying and scary time. However, even with the best of intentions and patience, there would be moments sent to try us!! And they did.
For most of our client organisations, many people’s day-to-day roles have had to rapidly adapt to COVID-19, and navigate what comes next. Understandably, this can be an unsettling time as organisations work out which daily business operations are viable, and which need to be set aside or managed differently.
Our work and home routines have been transformed by various stages of lockdown and upheaval. It might seem paradoxical that, for those of us who are objectively doing less, our fatigue is nevertheless increasing.
The human mind is unique, it can construct futures and reconstruct the past. This ability to construct expectations of the future, along with the drive to enact them, has been the secret of our success as a species.
Two days ago, I found myself slumped on the couch at 5pm, equally unenthused by the thought of working, cooking dinner, scrolling my phone, or doing any of the other rotating house-bound activities that kept me occupied during the first two weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. I rallied my spirits and I got outside. It felt great.
Family relationships inevitably take a hit when family members spend an extended period of time in close proximity with one another, such as family holidays or annual celebrations like Christmas and Easter.
As many of us grapple with the challenges of working from home, we are learning that it’s sometimes difficult to shift our mental space when we shift our physical space―particularly when they are in such physical proximity.
As we look ahead to weeks of house-bound self-isolation amidst the COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to feel anxious, grief-stricken, or hopeless. These feelings are a valid psychological response to stress, and they are shared by thousands of others across New Zealand and our world.
In a matter of a few days, it may feel like everything has changed. Suddenly your living room has become your office and your new “colleagues” are the same people you eat, sleep, and spend every waking hour with. Under COVID-19 isolation protocol, we are having to constantly redefine our sense of “normal” — and there is nothing normal about it.
Most of us would agree that time away from work is important to our wellbeing, and to restore our ability to perform well when we return. But how often have you got to the end of your weekend only to feel as though you need another one?
The flexibility of working outside the office is often talked about as a major factor in improving employee productivity, managing teams adaptively, and in helping people to better integrate work and life.