University wellbeing solutions can be digital but students and staff need expert clinicians too.

Myth: digital-only solutions are the answer to university wellbeing

As the lines blur between our personal, academic, and professional lives, staff are increasingly turning to their employers to better support their mental health and wellbeing. Looking for easy wins and low-effort solutions, many organisations (including universities) are banking on…

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University staff EAP programs: are they providing the best support for your university staff?

Myth: employee assistance programs (EAPs) meet the needs of all university staff

EAPs have long been a mainstay offering at Australian universities, as well as at 80 per cent of Australia’s top 500 companies. But, given that workplaces have changed significantly over the past two and a half years, are traditional EAP…

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Myth: university students and staff know how to access wellbeing support

Each year, universities invest significant time and dollars into the wellbeing of their students and staff. Motivated by legal and moral responsibilities (plus a desire to protect their institution’s brand and future), health-savvy universities prioritise, fund, and promote wellbeing support…

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Natalie Jones from Quantium and Dr Jamie Phillips from Sonder, at Sonder’s employee wellbeig event.

Sonder serves up employee wellbeing evidence (Sydney event)

Too many leaders are investing money in wellbeing initiatives that are not evidence-based and/or are increasing their organisational risk. These are just two of the truths shared at Sonder’s recent event (held in partnership with Marley Spoon) for wellbeing leaders…

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Cost-of-living pressures add to worker distress. This is affecting employee wellbeing.

Supporting workers experiencing cost-of-living pressures

With interest rates continuing to rise, Australia’s cost-of-living pressures show no signs of abating. Workers are making impossible financial compromises to the detriment of their overall health and wellbeing, which is further lifting the lid on a workforce in physical…

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Business unit leaders at Sonder - a company providing safety, medical, and mental health support.

Sonder raises AU$35m to accelerate growth

Since launching Sonder in 2017 with two close friends, Christopher Marr and Peter Burnheim, our wellbeing and safety company has come a long way – thanks to the support of our dedicated team members and supporters, together with valued customers…

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Psychological safety updates in 2022. What’s changed in Australia since the release of ISO 45003?

Psychological safety: What rules have changed in Australia in 2022?

A year after the release of ISO 45003 shone a spotlight on psychological safety, it’s time to review what’s changed in the legislation and guidance material in Australia since we published our original ISO 45003 guide. But first, let’s recap…

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Workplace Wellness Festival 2002 Sydney. Workplace wellbeing. Employee wellbeing.

Workplace Wellness Festival (Day 2 of 2)

Workplace wellbeing, health, safety, diversity, inclusion, gender equality, compliance, culture, and belonging. These were the themes of day two at the recent Workplace Wellness Festival (WWF) in Sydney, as guest speakers shared stories, data, and insights about how to evolve…

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Workplace Wellness Festival 2002 Sydney. Workplace wellbeing. Employee wellbeing.

Workplace Wellness Festival (Day 1 of 2)

Every organisation wants its people to be well. But how do organisations evolve existing strategies to achieve this, given the pressures of COVID-19, the spike in talent mobility, and the changing needs of today’s hybrid workforce? This was the overarching…

Five roles of university executives who are reshaping institutional wellbeing. Includes a best-practice example of an agent of change.

5 roles of university leaders who are reshaping institutional wellbeing

In today’s world of higher education, international ranking is not the only north star. Senior university leaders must also focus on engaging and creating meaningful value with all stakeholders on that journey – students, staff, employers, partners, donors, community organisations,…

University leaders who are agents of change for student and staff wellbeing have become personal agents of social change.

What does it mean to be an agent of change for university wellbeing?

To instigate meaningful change in institutional wellbeing, today’s VCs, DVCs, PVCs, and senior university leaders must step up and become personal agents of social change and true impact players across their ever-expanding ecosystems of influence. Senior university executives, spurred on…

The impact of customer hostility - an event for business leaders in Melbourne, hosted by Sonder.

The impact of customer hostility on a workforce in distress (Melbourne event)

Incidents of aggression from customers can be extremely stressful for frontline workers, and potentially have long-term impacts on employees and their organisations. Last week in Melbourne we gathered a selection of business leaders to discuss this important topic, highlight some…

CEOs and leaders who are reshaping organisational wellbeing, employee wellbeing, workplace wellbeing

5 roles of CEOs and leaders who are reshaping organisational wellbeing

In today’s complex business environment, shareholder value is no longer the only north star. As Lurie and Tegelberg from McKinsey & Company have said, modern leaders “must focus on co-creating meaningful value with and for all stakeholders, expanding beyond shareholders…

Agents of change for employee wellbeing are reshaping how organisations see workplace wellbeing.

What does it mean to be an agent of change for employee wellbeing?

Today’s CEOs and senior leaders have become personal agents of social change and true impact players across their ever-expanding ecosystems of influence. This is different from the late 1990s and early 2000s trend of “corporations as social change agents” and…

Bec Goulter from the National Retail Association talks at Sonder’s event about customer hostility.

The impact of customer hostility on a workforce in distress (Sydney event)

Since the start of the pandemic, some retailers have seen instances of aggression from customers increase by up to 400 per cent. With this in mind, Sonder recently brought together business leaders from consumer-facing sectors to discuss the impact that…

This year’s Wellbeing at Work Summit explored wellbeing trends and what organisations can do to improve workplace wellbeing.

Wellbeing at Work Summit

For organisations across the world, 85% of costs are absorbed by their people. Talent is the “make or break” of an organisation, so an inclusive, supported, and healthy workplace just makes good business sense. To hear how some leading organisations…

Sonder is accredited by The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

Why is ACHS accreditation important to us and our customers?

Last year, Sonder proudly became the first technology company to become accredited by The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) to their EQuIP6 Standards. This post explains what this means and why it is important both to us and our…

National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) results. What are Australian university leaders doing?

University leaders and the NSSS results: why is student safety not improving?

Following the release of the 2021 National Student Safety Survey results at the end of March, the media has been abuzz with damning headlines about the extent of the “distressing” and “abhorrent” sexual harassment and sexual assault of university students…

Perks do not keep people engaged in the workplace. Read the evidence.

Myth: employee perks keep people engaged

Yoga studios, rainbow slides, NASA sleep pods, organic lunches, daily ice cream allowances, volleyball courts, climbing walls, gyms, saunas, massage, ping-pong tables, games arcades, puppytoriums, hair salons, in-office scooters, childcare, acupuncture, Olympic-sized pools for SCUBA-certification at lunch, Botox-injection rooms, tanning…


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