Ashurst crowned as Australia’s healthiest workplace for 2017

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Ashurst has been named Australia’s healthiest workplace for 2017 in AIA Vitality’s Australia’s Healthiest Workplace survey.

The award is recognition for the firm’s programs and policies to improve the health and wellbeing of employees and how the firm’s people embrace and drive these initiatives, said Phil Breden, Ashurst’s Australian regional head.

Conducted by RAND Europe, the comprehensive science-backed survey aims to provide employers and employees with useful strategies to improve health and wellbeing, the firm said. RAND Europe and partner educational institutions analysed data from 32 companies with 2,449 employees participating across Australia on issues including employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, stress, and mental health.

Profusion Group won the award for healthiest employees, while Announcer Group won the healthiest employer nod.

The study found that about half of Australians reported at least one dimension of work-related stress. Two in three Australians get more than 150 minutes of physical activity each week, while three in four get more than seven hours of sleep a night, the survey found.

It also found that Australian organisations have less productivity loss at 45% due to health-related issues when compared to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. However, that figure is higher than in the UK.

More than 120 Ashurst employees participated in the study. The firm offers its staff numerous health and wellbeing programs, including an employee assistance program, subsidised gym memberships, and access to wellbeing officers and mindfulness training.

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