What makes Mackay a peaceful retreat for many tourists, presents challenges for the Council’s geographically and professionally varied workforce.
Mackay Regional Council looks after nearly 115,000 residents on Queensland’s scenic north-eastern coast
A significant distance from major cities, Mackay’s location came with challenges for the Council when it came to supporting their staff’s wellbeing.
In response to these challenges, the Council partnered with Springday to launch their digital wellbeing platform, Zest 4 Life.
This online platform was exclusively tailored to the needs of Council staff, with a broad range of wellbeing content – including videos, articles, masterclasses and live-streams of particular Council events.
Previously, the Council’s internal wellbeing initiatives relied on hard copy flyers, manual distribution and physical presence at events like morning teas, with low attendance rates.
Zest 4 Life focused on engaging employees while accommodating their diverse roles and preferences.
The platform aimed to provide employees with easy access to resources and information concerning internal wellbeing programs and offerings.
Since rolling out the digital platform, employee engagement and event attendance rates have increased.
Through digital distribution and streaming of events, more people are actively engaging with and attending the online events and utilising the resources available.
Working with Springday is always a fluent and effective process” Council employee Emma Krix said.
“By having one specific client manager the day-to-day platform management feels personalised and tailored to suit our business needs.
The setup and rollout of the platform was led by Springday and was conducted effortlessly with great uptake and success.”
In the year since launching Zest 4 Life in 2022, the platform has produced a raft of positive results for the Council, easing the challenges faced by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team, including:
The development and implementation of the Zest 4 Life platform by Springday in partnership with the Mackay Regional Council has helped the Council overcome a number of critical barriers to wellbeing and mental health for its employees.
Zest 4 Life was created to and successfully countered the distance for its far-flung workforce.
The strategic integration of digital wellbeing solutions can effectively overcome challenges related to employee engagement, diverse work environments, and cultural barriers.
“Our platform is utilised by approximately 80% of our entire workforce” Emma said.
“It is known as a one-stop go-to hub for all things health and wellbeing and is easy to access and navigate regardless of digital literacy levels.”
The platform’s diverse range of content opened new ways of thinking and wellbeing for a significant portion of their workforce who have historically been reluctant to engage with the topic of mental health – for themselves and others.
By tailoring the platform to individual preferences and facilitating access to resources, the Council achieved remarkable engagement rates and increased event participation.
Furthermore, the platform’s success extended to shaping a culture of leadership support and employee wellbeing perception, reinforcing the positive impact of customised digital solutions in mixed workplace environments.
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