The topic of wellness has been making the rounds as of late, and for good reason. With stress-related diseases on the rise along with other preventable chronic illnesses, incorporating a good wellness program is not only good for your employees but also good for business. Business Events Geelong sits down with Jo Surkitt to chat wellness and the launch of her wellness summit.
Why is workplace wellness important?
Having worked in corporate wellness for 20 years I have seen the enormous benefit health and wellness programs have had on the employees. The key benefits I have seen are staff are more focused, inspired and motivated, they are able to manage their stress well, human resources notice a big decline in sick leave, injury and stress leave, staff are more productive, employee engagement improves, the emotional intelligence of both the managers and staff is stronger, leading to better resilience and self-regulation and less absenteeism and overall people are happier to come to work as they feel supported. It’s a win/win for everyone in the organisation.’
The topic of wellness has become very trendy lately, why do you think that is?
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness market grew to 4.2 trillion in 2017 from 3.36 trillion in 2013. People are now more conscious about not only their physical health they are researching and engaging in activities that improve their emotional and mental health as well. Workplaces and individuals are also noticing how food and stress can affect how they feel, act and behave. Having more access to a large range of products and services has helped enhance the awareness and accessibility of choosing a healthier way to live which is fantastic ’
People are experiencing positive effects from eating healthy foods, exercising, practising meditation, being out in nature and engaging in self-care activities such as massage, seeing a naturopath, going to the gym, cycling or trying out new hobbies. They realize we need time out from our busy, hectic schedules to recalibrate, heal and rejuvenate so we don’t get burnt out.
Tell us a little bit about the State of Wellness summit you’re launching
The summit has been established for women to learn new tools and strategies to create new sustainable habits in their busy lives that will allow them to live a joyful, balanced and healthy life. Women will learn from experts in all areas of health, wellbeing and conscious living and also have the opportunity to meet likeminded people. It’s like a Girl’s Day Out’ where they will leave with an abundance of ideas, strategies and products that will help them transform any part of their life.
Any parting words of advice?
Women will be inspired, educated and motivated to live their life to their full potential, at whatever stage of life they are at.
The State of Wellness and what can you expect to learn
Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit will be held at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday, October 10th 2019.
The Summit aims to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness and sustainable living experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life.
Women of all ages in all workplaces will hear from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engage in activities, a Positive Change expo and enjoy nutritious food throughout the one-day event.
This interactive day will cover a range of Workplace health and wellness topics that will inspire and motivate including:
Food, healthy eating and nutrition
Career and personal goals
Overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges
Enhancing your Emotional Intelligence
State Of Wellness Women’s Summit
Thursday 10th October, 2019, at GMHBA Stadium