Health and wellbeing on agenda for Council employees

AN innovative health and wellbeing program is giving Glenorchy City Council staff the tools to plan for their later working lives and transition into retirement.

The Corporate Champions pilot program comprised a series of “Envisage” workshops covering issues such as identity, financial planning and superannuation, employment options, health, relationships, and retirement options and opportunities.

Initially jointly funded by the federal government and the council, the program was delivered by Sageco, a Hobart specialist in mature-age workforce solutions.

Following the success of the first phase of workshops, which attracted some 80 attendees, the council is now offering the program as an ongoing component of its human resource strategy.

“It was initially aimed at mature-age employees to help them understand what the next stage of their lives might look like,” Council general manager Peter Brooks said.

“It is an extremely holistic program and while we have a very stable and mature workforce at Council, younger employees are also seeing the benefits of making these whole-of-life decisions earlier in their working lives.

“It is particularly relevant to our outdoor staff who may not be able to undertake such physically strenuous roles later in their working lives.”

David Hunt is just one staff member to benefit from the Corporate Champions program.

Mr Hunt, who is employed in the Glenorchy City Council Work Centre, said the Envisage seminar was “fantastic” for employees of any age, with the facilitator “very engaging” with all participants.

“The main message I took out of the seminar is the balance of health and wealth are both critical to have a worthwhile retirement,” he said.

Council’s director of corporate governance and general counsel, Seva Iskandarli, who led the seminars, said the program had encouraged employees to think and take action about their work and life futures.

“I would strongly recommend the Envisage program to other employers be they a corporate organisation or local or state government,” she said.

Caption: Glenorchy City Council’s Corporate Champions, from left, Seva Iskandarli, director corporate governance and general counsel (GCC), David Hunt, arborist assistant, (GCC), Gregory Mann, arborist team leader, (GCC), Peter Brooks, general manager (GCC) and Katherine Legg, general manager, Sageco.

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