“It’s not one thing – it’s every bit of what we do that plays a strong part in engaging with our Sanford workforce.”
NAME: Sanford Limited, Timaru
Sanford Limited’s Timaru site manager believes the fisheries company has become an employer of choice in the city, thanks in part to its wide-ranging and well-entrenched wellbeing programme.
Grant Day says his Timaru site has been on “quite a journey” since it introduced WorkWell at the end of 2014, renaming it ‘SanWell’ to fit with Sanford's brand.
Since that time the site’s become a shining example of the programme. In 2016 the Timaru site achieved WorkWell’s Bronze level accreditation, then Silver a year later, with Gold anticipated for 2018. Sanford’s other New Zealand sites followed Timaru’s example and have also now started on their SanWell journey.
Sanford’s SanWell journey began when a local DHB representative asked Grant if he was interested in joining WorkWell. “We’d run our own survey that showed engagement was lower than we would like. We saw straight away WorkWell would be a real engagement opportunity. And as our average employee age is 43, we needed to do more to keep our people well and working,” says Grant.
“At the beginning, the workwell staff survey identified that the three things our team were most concerned about was improving physical activity, mental wellbeing and healthy eating. So we started there.”
Grant stresses that Sanford management doesn’t run Sanwell – the workers do, through a subcommittee of the site’s Health and Safety committee. Grant is on it but says he’s there only to guide, make suggestions and provide funding when necessary.