At DPM, we care about our people’s wellbeing.
And we knew that after 18 months of working from home under different lockdown regimes (depending on which state you’re in) and a hugely busy tax period, it was even more crucial that we paid attention to our people’s mental health. So, we decided to put health and wellbeing front and centre and hijacked the month of September for our first Wellbeing Month.
Through our weekly internal newsletter, we shared resources and stories on what our people do for their own health and wellbeing. We also offered activities such as:
11 teams across the business walking, swimming, cycling and exercising their way through 10,000 steps per day all while helping to improve the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy. There was fierce competition, walking meetings and some crazy exercises (handstands anyone?). You can read all about it here.
Delivered by Smiling Mind, we learnt more about mindfulness and how to bring this into our day. Many of our people had not attempted this practice before and by bringing awareness to how our brain reacts, we could bring calm and focus into our day.
R U OK? Day
One of the hardest aspects of lockdowns in repetition over the last few years, was the loss of connection with our colleagues. So on R U OK? day, we supported all of our people to take a break from work, pick up the phone and call someone they previously enjoyed seeing in person. We spent the day doing what we could to stay connected, check in, and connect.
What a chance to bliss out during lunchtime!! This style of yoga was all about relaxing and letting the body unravel. We had people joining in via Zoom (cameras off!) and loving the opportunity to pause and connect with body and mind.
Our favourite of all the offerings! As a thank you for the effort and commitment of our people, the Board of Directors gave all DPM employees a Wellbeing Day. This was a paid day off from work that we all took at the same time to rest, refresh and re-energise and step away from the desk and screens. Wellbeing Month really encourages us all to take some time to stop and think about how we are looking after our own wellbeing with simple things for us to try, read or do. Bring on 2022!