Axiom's Workplace Wellness Program: From Little Things, Big Things Grow

  Axiom Workplaces
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Megan D'Cruz - Axiom Workplaces Wellness Program
Axiom's Workplace Wellness Program: From Little Things, Big Things Grow
Don't be scared to explore workplace mental health. It affects all workplaces but there are free support avenues available within the community. Taking bite-sized steps and reaching out for help is what really helped Axiom grow its Wellness Program.
Megan D'Cruz
Head of People & Culture, Axiom Workplaces

Axiom's Head of People & Culture Megan D'Cruz explains how she successfully implemented the workplace wellness program.

The Journey Begins: Mental Health Training

“Bite-sized steps,” is how our Head of People & Culture, Megan D’Cruz, responds when asked about the benefits of workplace mental health coaching.

“It doesn’t need to be hours on hours on hours,” she says. “It’s about putting your mind to mental health and wellbeing on a regular basis.”

Seeking Support and Guidance

Rewind a few months and Megan and the team had just finished workplace mental health training, delivered by Black Dog Institute and proudly funded by NSW Government.

According to Megan, the training led to an increased appetite for wellbeing initiatives and conversations across the small organisation of 40 employees.

“I wanted to do more, but didn’t know where to start,” she says. “I saw an opportunity for some government funded coaching with a consulting organisational called Transitioning Well and thought, ‘Let’s give it a go’.

Megan registered and was connected with her free workplace mental health coach, Sarah Alwyn, who helped Megan transform her ideas into actionable steps.

“Workplace mental health and wellbeing doesn’t have to be this big, huge audacious thing to tackle,” Megan says.

Sarah gave Megan insights on how to effectively integrate mental health initiatives into the workplace.

“Sarah brought it back to a point where you could understand what was needed. She broke it into bite sized pieces.”

With Sarah's guidance, Megan:

  • Set clear, achievable short-term goals.
  • Held regular check-ins to stay accountable.
  • Focused on developing a mental health policy.

Creating a Mental Health Policy

“Getting on the right page around our commitments was a really important step in the development of the mental health policy.”

With guidance from her coach, Megan was able to collaborate with senior leadership, and ultimately gain buy-in for the mental health policy.



The Policy's Impact on the Organisation

The mental health policy serves as a catalyst for conversations and provides a clear understanding of our commitments and actions.

Megan acknowledges, “It helps start the conversation ... having that policy is really key because it gives you a clear understanding of what the requirements are and what you can do.”

And now, there's a real shift in the organisation. Megan started slow and when it clicked, ran fast with it.


Launching the Wellness Hub

Megan proudly discusses the Wellness Hub, a digital content portal that her team launched to support mental health and wellbeing. The Wellness Hub includes:

  • Resources and information on mental health.
  • Support pathways for staff.
  • Confidential access for independent use.

The Wellness Hub is a tool that is used to mitigate or manage identified psychosocial risks in the workplace. 



Introducing the Wellness Day Program

We’ve also introduced a Wellness Day Program, giving employees three days annually to focus on their wellness, in addition to their legislative leave. The wellness day allows employees to:

  • Take care of their mental health in their own way.
  • Return to work more focused and engaged.
  • Feel supported by the organisation in their personal wellness journey.

Measuring Success: The Engagement Survey

Perhaps the biggest tool to validate Megan’s hard work is our weekly engagement survey.

“Wellness is a whole section on its own, and it’s always been one of our areas of focus.”

Now, she says, it’s already uplifted. In fact, at one point, wellbeing was measuring higher than any of the other indicators.

Ongoing Commitment to Mental Health

“We’ve still got a way to go,” she acknowledges. “You can’t become complacent around mental health and wellness, it’s just great to see what we are doing is having an impact already.

"There are changes just in the way people are thinking and talking about mental health and wellbeing now.” 

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