Galactic® Co-operative is a WA-based, socially responsible, worker-owned technology business based in Perth, Western Australia.
We are providing advanced technical expertise across multiple industries.
Galactic® Scientific's multidisciplinary team can provide a variety of maintenance, repair and training services to all forms of laboratories and to the broadcast and telecommunications industries.
Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing offers workplace wellbeing consulting and training.
Galactic® Sustainability offers advice, training, policy planning and development on: waste and resource management; energy efficiency related to buildings, interiors and machinery; low resource waste and use lifestyle; circular material flows and Zero Waste.
Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing
As a worker-owned co-operative, workplace wellbeing is one of our top values. Besides making people happier and avoiding unnecessary suffering from preventable health issues, good workplace wellbeing is also good for business, contributing to improved productivity and creativity, decreased sick days and staff turnover.
After winning the WA Health & Safety Excellence Award and receiving Gold Healthy Workplace recognition, we have increasingly received consulting enquiries. Therefore, we have now established Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing, our new health, safety and wellbeing consulting branch.
“Stephanie from Galactic really knows her stuff. She’s helped us upgrade our health and safety management system. As this project coincided with the coronavirus crisis, she also kindly provided us with useful policy and checklists to help us ensure the wellbeing of staff working from home. She’s reliable, professional and a real pleasure to work with.”
Kathleen Burton, CEO, Perth City Farm
Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing is led by Stephanie Black. Stephanie has two decades of experience in the technology and resources sectors, holds degrees in both hard and soft sciences, including a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Western Australia, researching human performance in complex environments. Stephanie also serves on the Editorial Board of Australian Psychologist.
In The Media
Galactic's Health & Wellbeing Manager Stephanie Black was a panel member at the Leadership Outlook event of the Institute of Managers and Leaders "Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace".
As part of us winning the WA Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2019 Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative (199 employees or less) our initiative was showcased on page 18 of the Finalists booklet.
Galactic's CEO Kate Biondo and Health and Wellbeing Manager Stephanie Black were interviewed by OSH Alert. The interview was published through OSH Alert's subscription service as "Case study: streamlining work procedures reduces stress".
Stephanie Black and Dr Kate Ringvall have been invited to present on "Ensuring Management Buy-in for Psychological Wellbeing Programs" at the 7th Psychological Injury Management in the Workplace Congress, Melbourne, Australia.
The Business Case for Workplace Wellbeing
A workplace wellbeing program can reduce sick leave by 21% (Rongen et al., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2013).
Each dollar invested in workplace health has an ROI between $1.40 to $4.70 (Goetzel, Juday, & Ozminkowski, AWHP’s Worksite Health, 1999).
Good workplace wellbeing decreases the likelihood of industrial accidents or injuries (Goetzel & Ozminkowski, 2008, Annu. Rev. Public Health).
Effective workplace wellbeing programs can result in healthier and safer workers (Conn et al., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009; Hymel et al., Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011).
Employers could achieve significant savings by reducing the prevalence of obesity in their workplaces (Finkelstein et al., Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2010).
The cost of presenteeism (not fully functioning at work because of medical conditions) is nearly $26 billion (Medibank Private Limited, 2005).
Source: Adapted from Healthier Workplace WA & WorkCover Tasmania
Our Workplace Wellbeing Methodology
Workplace wellbeing does not just mean running a few feel-good activities. Instead it needs to involve an integrated frame work targetting an organisation's highest rated risk factors in the following broad areas: organisational policy, physical environment; healthy lifestyle factors, mental and physical wellbeing.
As part of this process we will conduct a workplace wellbeing survey with your staff. We will focus on assessing key psychosocial hazards that have been associated with poor mental health and wellbeing, job burnout, lower productivity, increased sickness absence, and physical disorders, amongst others. We will also assess incidence and severity of health complaints. In addition, we will conduct in-depth collaborative workshops with your management and your workforce to collect more information on the areas of concern to help us to develop targeted support and mitigation strategies.
Based on the information collected and industry best practice, we will then recommend a list of priority target areas and options how to tackle each with the most effective evidence-based interventions and mitigation strategies. In collaboration with your management we will confirm the priorities target areas and then develop objectives and measures for each target area, brainstorm strategies and design a detailed action plan.
The following case study illustrates the process of implementing a workplace wellbeing program and its results.
Based on the results from staff surveys and workshops, a workplace wellbeing framework with 12 intervention targets was established.
Every good workplace wellbeing framework should target basic practice policy, physical environment and healthy lifestyle factors (see targets 1 to 6 in the figure). For our example organisation, those targets were complemented by targets aimed at the priority mental health and wellbeing risk factors (see targets 7 to 10) and priority health issues (targets 11 and 12) identified from the staff survey and collaborative workshops.
Each target had an individual objective, a KPI and several strategies for mitigation and interventions aimed at the target.
For example, for target 7 the objective was to decrease cognitive demand in the workplace. The KPI was to decrease the cognitive demand index measured via the staff survey by 5% per year. Strategies to achieve this included:
Improved knowledge management system to decrease information overload,
Intuitive information gateway to improve ease of access to information,
Optimise workflows to streamline and simplify processes, and
Structural changes and education to decrease multitasking.
The organisation serving as our example decided during QHSE and Management Review Meetings to prioritise the below three top KPIs for the workplace wellbeing initiative. These three indicators give a great snapshot of the success of the workplace wellbeing initiative we implemented.
Example: Top three KPIs for workplace wellbeing over three years, showing the success of the workplace wellbeing program we implemented.
Sustainable Development Goals
Galactic® Workplace Wellbeing directly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 3, and since workplace wellbeing improves business profitability, we also indirectly contribute to SDGs 8 and 9. Other divisions of the Galactic® family contribute to SDGs number 5, 6, 10, 11, 12,13,14, 15 and 16.
We are working on adding additional goals to make the world a better place. Graphic courtesy Wikimedia Commons.