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Wellbeing4Work: “Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, someone to listen.”

HEB Construction WellBeing4Work crew

Giving employees a way to talk about their wellbeing, is at the heart of the HEB Construction project, Wellbeing4Work (W4W). It is based on a truly accessible idea, and relevant for the industry: the traffic light.

This group’s idea and project, has inspired the whole company. HEB Construction rolled out this grassroots initiative across its New Zealand business. W4W is making a real difference every day to the culture of speaking up about how we’re feeling, and supporting each other with a kaupapa of vulnerability and honesty.

The W4W initiative is the innovation idea from the Christchurch team of HEB’s workplace literacy programme, Safer People. Congratulations HEB! And most of all thank you to this group of men for sharing their stories.

The Wellbeing4Work initiative has not only been implemented at HEB Construction. The team also had the chance to share the ideas with the November Healthy Work Conference held in Auckland. Hopefully, this will spread its influence further so the cultural change it started can continue to gather momentum.

To every person speaking up, and to every person making it okay to speak up when you’re not okay: thank you / ngā mihi. Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini – My strength is not as an individual, but a collective.

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