The program aims to raise awareness of, and remove stigmas often associated with, mental health and wellness while connecting employees and their families to additional resources that will complement the support provided by BHP Billiton to its employees who may be suffering from mental health issues at work or home.
Queensland Coal Asset, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, commenced a comprehensive mental health review to assess the asset against core elements of mental health and wellness. The review includes employee questionnaires and discussions with management teams, and will also look at the broader aspects that may impact employee wellness.
WAIO has seen an increasing number of employees empowered to step up, seek support and talk openly about their issues. There has been a marked increase in employee referrals to site-based health representatives relating to mental wellness issues. EAP utilization has increased from 8.7% in 2013 to 10.7% in 2014, and was 13.8% as at 30 June 2015. This is 47% higher than other iron ore companies serviced by the same EAP provider.
Through specialist mental health and suicide prevention training, leaders have been equipped with the practical skills to prevent, identify and respond to mental health issues in the workplace and create a supportive environment.
The program runs annual Employee Perception Survey includes a number of leading indicators on mental wellness.
The Sodexo program is an effective lifestyle-enhancement program designed to increase employee well-being and retention levels.
BHP Billiton Olympic Dam, South Australia, Australia
Sodexo coordinators propose a wide array of activities, including wellness challenges, social events, special themed evenings, offsite trips and much more. They also engage residents through regular communications, health checks, personal assessments, workout programs and warm-ups. Residents who aren’t into the gym scene are even able to benefit from regular walking groups and outdoor circuits. This innovative program also provides healthy food options, including low-fat, low-saturated-fat, vegetarian and low-salt meals through Sodexo's Smartfuel offer.
It is run by fully qualified and accredited fitness professionals whose mission is to drive health and wellness initiatives across all components of village life, to constantly motivate residents to get involved, and to bring a real sense of community to the project.
By adopting Sodexo’s program and services, BHP Billiton has already seen measurable reductions in staff turnover. Today it’s as low as just 3% and, based on regular surveys, 90% of residents express satisfaction. This program has also encouraged residents to modify their behavior even when they’re not on shift, bringing a positive impact to their personal lives.
It is run by Sodexo qualified professionals - health and lifestyle coordinators