Harmony Week 2022

Harmony Week on the 21st-27th of March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Harmony Day which falls on the 21st of March coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

With around 45 per cent of Australians born overseas or with at least one parent who was, Harmony Week has always been a popular way for workplaces to showcase and acknowledge their cultural diversity. Celebrating Harmony Week can take any form you wish – big or small, simple or challenging. Events can be a simple multicultural morning tea or a guest speaker at an all staff meeting. It creates an opportunity to think, talk about and recognise how our differences and our similarities make our workplace stronger.

For more information see the Harmony Week Website.

One of our favourite ways to celebrate at AccessEAP is over food! Whether that means bringing in different cultural dishes or sharing recipes, it's always such a wonderful time to learn something new about your colleagues and of course try some amazing food!

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Returning to the workplace

As managers and leaders discuss and plan for a transition back to the workplace, many of us may be starting to think and experience a range of feelings at the thought of what this means. We also recognise the many people that have continued to go to the workplace over the last two years.  All our thoughts and feelings during these uncertain times are normal as we are all different, and there is no right or wrong way to feel. For those of us who may be feeling a little anxious or uncertain about returning to the workplace, here are some ideas to think about while you are preparing for the transition:

1.  Acknowledge your feelings and anxieties. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time to process your feelings. Do not judge yourself and tell yourself how you “should” be feeling.

2. Identify your concerns and think about what you can control and what is out of your control. Focus on what you can control, e.g. how will I manage being around more people? What can I do to keep safe? Plan and think about what will help you.

3. Take it day by day - you are not returning to “normal” there may not be a normal like it was. Recognising that things will be different is important. Try to go slow and avoid doing too much. Give yourself time to adjust, share stories and talk about how you are feeling. This is reassuring and helps with the awkwardness of the transition, which doesn't feel normal or comfortable yet.

4. Ask your manager for information, ask questions, share your concerns, connect with peers and share problem-solving. Others are probably feeling similarly, and there is comfort in sharing and problem solving together.

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Support through Floods and Natural Disasters

Australia is a country of extremes that can challenge us and impact our lives. Right now, parts of Australia are experiencing floods which are causing losses and damage across the east coast. Natural disasters like the current storms and floods disrupt lives physically and psychologically, creating intense emotional distress for individuals, families and whole communities.

It is important through times such as these to identify those of your people who may have been directly impacted by the storms and floods and provide assistance where possible. Storm and flooding events such as these can be challenging, as the combined uncertainty about the immediate situation as well as fear and concern for what may lie ahead over coming days and weeks as storm waters continue to rise can exacerbate our thoughts and feelings.

As a leader, your organisation plays a vital and valuable role in assisting and supporting your people and their families in the immediate aftermath and moving forward. We encourage you to help your people feel they can focus on their immediate priorities, which is the physical safety of family, friends, loved ones and their homes and possessions. As a leader, take the time to check in with your people, and where appropriate, remind them that their EAP is available and able to help support them through these challenging times. Many people will want to be seen as “coping” so asking how they are going is really important. Being prepared to provide initial and long term support for people will enhance and promote their own personal coping strategies and resilience.

  •  Normalise reactions: Accept that people will experience a range of emotions and that it is normal. Once the event is over, it doesn't mean people's feelings go away. Acknowledge their feelings and reassure people that their intense feelings are normal given the disaster.
  • Ask how you can help: Ask if there's anything that you can do to assist employees or if there is anything they need? e.g. flexible hours, transport or belongings. Keep talking to gain clarity on what assistance they need.
  • Do not catastrophise: It is common to reflect on the "what ifs" or "what might have been". Do not speculate on how much worse it could have been. Avoid comparison of stories as each person has a right to their feelings.

To support those that may have been affected by the event, we have included documents for individual strategies (download pdf here) and tips as well as information for managers and leaders (download pdf here). These tools are also available through the AccessMyEAP App.

If you have any questions or would like to better understand what you can do that will meaningfully support your team, the experienced clinicians on our Manager Support Hotline are able to help you help your people. As manager, your individual needs matter just as much. Reach out for support when and if you need it. We are here to help. Contact AccessEAP on 1800 818 728.

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LGBTIQ+ Support Line

What can you expect?

Our counselling services are conducted in an inclusive and non-judgemental space utilising the specialisations of our counsellors, psychologists, and social workers to the very best advantage. Our LGBTIQ+ Support Line is answered by trained and supportive consultants. We will be using pronouns to identify ourselves and we’ll be asking our clients how they would like to be addressed. We go a step further as AccessEAP will also provide ACON’s Pride in Health + Wellbeing Program training and support for all of our people, to ensure that communications, policy, documents and procedures are in line with best practice.

Those calling the Support Line will be offered counsellors that we have verified as being trained and/or have experience working with the LGBTIQ+ community, not only for issues related to gender and sexuality but also a broad understanding of the barriers, obstacles and generally different issues that LGBTIQ+ community experiences. Please feel free to make specific requests in order for us to find the most suitable counsellor. Our Client Services consultants will work hard to use culturally appropriate language and we welcome feedback to continually learn and improve our service.

We want people to feel they can be who they are and feel they belong.

Call the LGBTIQ+ Support Line on 1300 349 950.
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Video: Turning Negativity into Positivity

AccessEAP In The Moment Video Series: Turning Negativity into Positivity

  • Presented by: Eleni van Delft & Dorienne Spennato
  • Duration: 5 mins 35 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/679006929

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Video: Groundhog Day

AccessEAP In The Moment Video Series: Groundhog Day

  • Presented by: Julie Chalmers & Shari Walton 
  • Duration: 5 mins 15 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/679010461

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Relationship Manager - Sydney Based

  • Great career development opportunity
  • Make a genuine difference every day
  • Strong team and flexible working environment

AccessEAP partners with organisations to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, profit for purpose Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider their outstanding success is based on understanding the unique needs of customers and tailoring services to support and prevent mental health issues in the workplace. Due to continued growth we need to recruit a passionate and team-oriented person keen to develop their Relationship Management skills and progress their career.

You will be responsible for working with customer organisations (mainly via phone) to help ensure the value they gain from the relationship is maximised and gather information to help further develop services and initiatives. Managing a broad based portfolio of customers you will develop and implement account management plans that contribute to developing their workplace culture and workplace wellbeing.

Probably with a customer service background your success to date will reflect your strong interpersonal skills, relationship building capabilities and potential. Your key skills will also include planning and organisation. Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by respect, collaboration and accomplishment.

AccessEAP take the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

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Video: Grief & Loss

AccessEAP In The Moment Video Series: Grief & Loss

  • Presented by: Annie Panow & Rodney Cole
  • Duration: 9 mins 55 secs
 

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/677978034

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Video: Specialty Coaching and Consultation for Wellbeing

AccessEAP Video Series: Specialty Coaching and Consultation for Wellbeing

  • Presented by: Heaven Campbell & James Bell 
  • Duration: 3 mins 30 secs

Embedding Link: https://vimeo.com/672147610

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Wellbeing Calendar - Q1 Positive Mental Health

Put yourself in control of your mental health and wellbeing with our monthly Wellbeing Tools. Each quarter you will have access to 3 tip sheets, a connection tool and a wellness spotlight.

This Quarter the wellness spotlight focuses on Mindfulness. Access meditation recordings via the AccessMyEAP App or Employee & Employer Login Areas, designed to help with Mindfulness for Wellbeing.

Our 2022 Wellbeing in Focus Calendar is available through the Employer Login Area of the AccessEAP website. The Wellbeing Tools will also be added to the Employee Login Area and AccessMyEAP App.

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How to Adopt a Growth Mindset in 2022

With a New Year often comes a sense of new beginnings. Many of us start with resolutions for change, to turn over a new leaf, to bring fresh energy to our work and life.

This time of year is a good time to reflect on our mindset. Change is inevitable, but the way we approach it depends very much on our mindset. When we apply a growth mindset to change, we are more likely to discover a way to flourish.

As we continue to adapt and learn to live with COVID our mindset may be challenged, and we may push up against an inner “I can’t”. A growth mindset is framed around relying on and building on our strengths, taking one step at a time, and knowing that the viewpoint we take is always within our control. An “I can’t” may be an indicator that you’ve discovered one of your fixed mindsets. When that happens, it can be worthwhile to first take a step back and assess whether this is actually true; if you then see a possibility that “I can...”, ask yourself, what would be different if you saw this challenge as an indication you’re now learning something new, rather than simply a block that you can’t overcome? Then you might choose to take steps forward and lean into that challenge.

When learning about your different mindsets, the support of a counsellor or coach can be invaluable. You will have a person who listens attentively, without judgement. You will know that your conversation is completely confidential. And you will know that the person you are talking with has your best interests uppermost in their mind. It can be extraordinarily liberating to have conversations like this – when the other person has no agenda other than helping you to find the best possible outcome for you.

So as this work year gets underway, consider calling us and discovering how a counsellor or coach can support you as you work on those resolutions to make positive change in your life and to bring fresh energy to the people and projects that are important to you.

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Project Accountant

  • Strong Team environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 6-month contract - Possible long term opportunity

AccessEAP partners with businesses to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, profit for purpose Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider their outstanding success is based on understanding the unique needs of customers and tailoring services to support and prevent mental health issues in the workplace. As a growing organisation undertaking significant change, we need an engaging accountant to provide financial management support to projects within the digital transformation program.

Your role will be to provide full accounting support and analysis to help ensure the achievement of project and program financial objectives and manage risk. Working as an active partner to project managers you will assist with the preparation of budgets & ongoing monitoring of costs. You will generate and interpret financial records and reports, Investigate cost variances and forecast future funding requirements

Degree qualified your track record of success your strong understanding of project management methodologies will reflect your proven ability to form and maintain collaborative working relationships with stakeholders. Your key strengths will include your analysis, judgement, planning and organising skills.  

Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by the values of Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Curiosity and Accomplishment. AccessEAP takes the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees.

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

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Relationship Manager - Brisbane Based

  • Help make a difference every day
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Strong team environment

AccessEAP partners with organisations to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, social enterprise Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, our success is based on understanding the unique needs of customer organisations and their people. We tailor services to help organisations support the mental health and wellbeing of people, especially in the workplace. Due to continued growth we need a passionate professional to engage with our customers and help ensure they gain optimal value from our initiatives in developing their workplace culture and employee wellbeing.

Your role will be to provide consultative advice to customers across the full spectrum of AccessEAP mental health and wellbeing initiatives. Managing a portfolio of accounts you will develop and implement growth and retention strategies, evaluating the success of programs and initiatives and translating this evaluation into meaningful improvement/expansion of initiatives.

Your track record of success will reflect your impartial and insightful thinking capabilities and ability to engage with a broad range of people. Your key strengths will include your planning and organising, analysis, judgement and outstanding interpersonal skills. Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by respect, collaboration and accomplishment.

AccesssEAP takes the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees.
For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

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Video: Guided Mindfulness

AccessEAP Meditation Series: Guided Mindfulness

  • Presented by: Dr Stephen Malloch
  • Duration: 5 mins 52 secs

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Video: Body Scan Meditation

AccessEAP Meditation Series: Body Scan Meditation 

  • Presented by: Dorienne Spennato
  • Duration: 6 mins 50 secs

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Video: How to psychologically separate from work after a busy day

AccessEAP Video Series: How to psychologically separate from work after a busy day

  • Presented by: Dorienne Spennato & Michael Foley
  • Duration: 4 mins 35 secs

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Project Coordinator

  • Help build organisational capability
  • Digital Transformation focus
  • 8-month contract - Possible long term opportunity

AccessEAP partners with businesses to promote positive organisational behaviour, enhance employee well-being and improve workplace productivity. As an Australian owned, profit for purpose Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider their outstanding success is based on understanding the unique needs of customers and tailoring services to support and prevent mental health issues in the workplace. As a growing organisation currently going through a transformation we need a passionate and talented person to join the Projects & Innovation team.

Your role will be to coordinate and document progress on a digital transformation project using the AccessEAP project management methodology. This will likely result in a number of additional projects. Working closely with the external vendor you will plan, communicate and monitor all project activities and ensure deadlines are met. Importantly you will engage with all stakeholders to manage project issues, risks and change to deliver enhanced outcomes for customers, clients and the AccessEAP team.

Your track record of success leading digital system development and implementation projects will reflect your strong influence and relationship building skills. You will have experience developing and implementing Salesforce systems. Your key strengths will include your analysis, judgement, planning and organising skills. A strong understanding of project management methodologies and change leadership are prerequisites.

Most importantly you will enjoy working in a team environment that is driven by the values of Respect, Collaboration, Integrity, Curiosity and Accomplishment. AccessEAP take the health of employees seriously and you will be working in an environment that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all employees

For more information call David Williams on 0414551795 or to apply send your resume to dwilliams@kurtispaige.com.au

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Self-care in the festive season

As we reach the end of 2021 there has been an increase in cases in some parts of Australia. We appreciate that for many people this may be a time of heightened emotions, particularly as festive celebrations commence and for some, plans will need to change. We, as always, are here to support you through this. Tools and resources can be accessed via our website to support your mental health and wellbeing through the Employee and Employer login areas. Additional resources, including our Wellbeing Check, are also available on our app, AccessMyEAP.

It is important to remember that feeling anxious, fearful, stressed, angry or irritable are common and normal feelings during uncertain times like these. It is important to monitor your own physical and mental health during these times. Download our Self-care and Managing Stress Postcard for signs to watch out for and self-care strategies. 

If you do need support, reach out to us here at AccessEAP on 1800 818 728. As always, our people are here to help support you and your people be their best in life and work.

 

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Respectful Connection - a message from Sally Kirkright, CEO AccessEAP

We all want to belong, and our workplaces can offer a safe place to carry out meaningful work with people we trust. This sense of belonging has been challenged over the past couple of years with the steps to combat COVID of social distancing and lockdowns.  A sense of social isolation has been felt by many. And now lockdowns are ending, and with high vaccination rates, we are starting to see each other again, in real life.

As we start mixing once more, it’s important to keep in mind that lockdown has affected us all in different ways – everyone is different. For some, it has been incredibly hard, as they battled loneliness and isolation, or perhaps found it hard to juggle the demands of home-schooling, family and work expectations without the break of getting out of the house or going to the office. For others, they happily worked from home. As we reconnect, reaching out in a way that is appropriate to the person’s needs requires a good dose of empathy and listening.

Empathy and listening underpin all healthy workplace cultures and help create a psychologically safe workplace. Being aware and accepting the diversity of opinions, attitudes, and backgrounds helps us become more nuanced in the ways we reach out and interact with others.

I believe Inclusion and diversity in a workplace is vital for engagement. Just like in the natural environment, a monoculture of thinking and viewpoints is not healthy or sustainable. The following definition resonates with me: “the difference between diversity and inclusion is that diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance”. Diversity in the workplace refers to a workforce that’s made up of people from different ages, cultural backgrounds, geographies, physical abilities and disabilities, religions, genders, sexual orientations. And this diversity brings together people with differing perspectives and thinking styles, preferences and characteristics. Inclusion is the procedures organisations implement to allow differences to coexist in a mutually beneficial way so that employees feel accepted and comfortable, ready to share their opinions and thoughts.

I need my ideas to be challenged and my thinking to be tested by talking with others with differing viewpoints who look at the world in a way that is different from my own. It’s the way I keep my thinking fresh and creative and how I become a better leader. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace help this to happen. Walking the Talk is what makes people believe that an organisation is serious about inclusion. 

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AccessEAP acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we work on and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using this content are advised that it may contain images, names or voices of people who have passed away
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AccessEAP acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we work on and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples using this content are advised that it may contain images, names or voices of people who have passed away.