We are delighted to bring you a further update on our Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing Program (PWWP)!
Update: The project is continuing to make strong progress. Using the focus group insights as a springboard, we have now completed comprehensive company-wide surveys in two of our partner organisations. These surveys provide us with important baseline data to rigorously evaluate the impact of our program over the life of the project. The remaining three organisations will launch their surveys on a staggered schedule in the new year. We have been inspired by the level of engagement within these organisations and are so grateful to be working alongside leaders and HR practitioners to explore and improve perinatal wellbeing in the workplace.
One of the aims of the PWWP was to provide organisations with easy-to-use factsheets to facilitate the important cultural shifts needed to support working parents. The first of these focuses on setting up a Working Parent Network. This step-by-step guide provides clear steps for launching this initiative within organisations, and includes a sample survey, calendar of events, and ideas for building an effective online community of working parents. Early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we hope that you also find it useful. You can download the resource here. We will be developing more resources over the coming months so watch this space!
Information Resources for Expectant and New Parents
Don’t forget we have the Ready to COPE e-Guide to pregnancy and early parenthood which is freely available to all employees who may be expecting or have recently had a baby. The Ready to COPE Guide is now available for both mothers and fathers, and employees can sign up at www.readytocope.org.au. You can also download free promotional resources here.
In the meantime, we are also making great strides towards completing our workplace digital screening tool. This has generated a huge amount of interest from workplaces who are committed to supporting their employees through the perinatal period.
Finally, WorkSafe have recently published their WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund One Year Update which contains further details on key activities, and how the project aims to achieve change and improvements in workplace cultures and practices.
We’ll continue to keep you updated, and thanks again for your interest in this important project.
Dr. Sarah Cotton (Transitioning Well) & Dr. Nicole Highet (COPE)