Wellbeing Strategy Course

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Now is the time to act

Internationally, the focus on workplace wellbeing has grown exponentially over the past decade. The impact of COVID-19 has only added to this focus.

Despite a slow start, many organisations are now realising the benefits of a strategic wellbeing focus. Gone are the days of yoga and fruit bowls.

Many organisations now acknowledge the connection between employee wellbeing and engagement, productivity and sustainability. Wellbeing is becoming an area of competitive advantage and a focus for recruitment and retention of employees.


Get serious, get strategic

Now is the perfect time to get serious about how the theory and practice of workplace wellbeing fits into your career plans and how you can make a real difference to the work lives of your colleagues.

Learn how to think and function at both strategic and operational levels through our Wellbeing Strategy Course.

This new course has been designed by respected wellbeing, safety and performance specialist Andy Hearn, who has led change in large organisations. The course is built on the common challenges and experiences of the ROW community. It is practical with knowledge and skills you can use right away.


Who is the course for?
  • Established Health & Wellbeing Managers who want to evolve their practice and develop strong wellbeing networks
  • Established professionals who have a wellbeing portfolio as part of their wider role, for example:
    • People & Culture Business Partners – who are responsible for workplace wellbeing
    • Health & Safety Managers/Advisors – who have gained a ‘W’ and become HSW Managers/Advisors
  • Anyone who wants to get serious about a career in workplace wellbeing

Be Stronger

Learn and share with peers and be supported by an experienced facilitator and coach.

Get Better

Learn how to build and implement workplace wellbeing strategies, and measure change.

Be Faster

Develop your professional expertise in workplace wellbeing and be a recognised leader.


Enrolment closes: TBA

Start date: This course has been delayed until July 2022. Final dates to be advised. 

Learning modules: 9

Commitment: 6 hours per module min. (includes online kōrero, group work, and reading/activities)

Personal support: 2 x group coaching sessions, plus a year membership to ROW Gold.

Queries: Email together@rowwellbeing.com

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Wellbeing Strategy Course – outline

This game-changing course is delivered in a small group format to maximize learning and sharing opportunities.

  • The course is delivered over 9 modules with 9 virtual kōrero (discussion sessions) held on Zoom.
  • 14 participants are required for the course to run. A waitlist will operate once the course is full.
learning outcomes
1. Introductions & course overview
  • Connections – getting to know each other (whakawhanaungatanga)
  • Course structure and intent
  • Learning opportunities – how to get the most out of the course
  • Clarify your goals for this course
2. Overview – Workplace Wellbeing
  • Be able to articulate the ‘big picture’ – Why focus on wellbeing?
  • Gain a broad understanding of what ‘wellbeing’ means in an organisational context
  • Be able to create a compelling narrative for change
  • Increase literacy and knowledge related to current workplace wellbeing concepts
3. Special topics
  • Investigate five specific focus areas that will take your Wellbeing Strategy to the next level (includes concepts from H&S, OD and HR allowing you to more effectively work across organisational functions)
4. Discovery phase
  • Develop the tools to thoroughly assess and articulate the current state of organisational wellbeing, and future needs (a gap analysis)
  • Be confident to lead a ‘where to next?’ conversation with key stakeholders
  • As a Wellbeing Leader, gain clarity about what your vision is for a wellbeing focus at your workplace
  • Begin to plan your new/revised workplace wellbeing strategy
5. Strategy development
  • Confirm your ‘sponsor’ and other key stakeholders who will contribute to your strategy development process
  • Consider how to identify and present key themes from your discovery work
  • Decide on a strategy development tool/process
  • Consider how you want to visually present your strategic framework – including alignment with higher level organisational strategy
  • Investigate a change management process, including the design of a communications plan
6. Implementation
  • Be able to articulate, justify and prioritise a broad range of potential wellbeing interventions
  • Consider various enablers and barriers to the effective implementation of your wellbeing strategy/initiatives
7. Reporting
  • Consider what you want your reporting/metrics to achieve
  • Understand reporting needs within your business
  • Understand lead and lag indicators and how they can be leveraged to support your strategy
  • Be cognisant of potential pitfalls of data collection, analysis and reporting
8. Monitoring success
  • Be aware of a number of validated assessment tools that can be used to assess wellbeing at organisation, team, and individual, levels
  • Discuss potential methodological pitfalls when designing a Wellbeing Survey and interpreting the results
  • Know where to access additional scientifically robust survey information (tools and comparison data)
9. Next steps
  • Circle back to review your goals for this course
  • Commit to your next strategy development steps
  • Utilise this new course network as a sounding board for feedback, ongoing learning and support (you will all be connected through a specific ROW Gold sub-group)
  • Consider how to most effectively use your one-to-one coaching sessions with the facilitator
  • Group celebration of successful course completion
getting the most out of this course

The course is not designed to teach you a ‘paint by numbers’ strategy development process. Each organisation has different needs which will require a tailored wellbeing strategy. Like any high level learning, the transferable knowledge and tools you get out of this course will depend on what you put into it – including your engagement with course content, zoom sessions, networking opportunities, and coaching sessions.

Your investment

The total investment per person is [cl_product_price id=”28501″]* (special pilot course price!). This includes:

  • Access to the 9 learning modules and associated zoom kōrero
  • Resources and materials to support your learning
  • Two x 1-hour coaching sessions with the Course Facilitator
  • Complimentary one-year membership to the premier group, ROW Gold

Payment options: You are able to pay by credit card or invoice. Please note your seat is reserved when payment is made in full (unless otherwise agreed).

*GST in New Zealand included

Who is the Course Facilitator?

The course is written and facilitated by Andy Hearn – Wellbeing, Safety & Performance Specialist.

After initially working as a physiotherapist in the UK and NZ, Andy worked for 10 years as a Senior Academic Staff Member and Head of Science at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury). He then moved to the Canterbury DHB in 2012 to lead the DHB’s staff wellbeing response following the Canterbury earthquakes. After four years at the CDHB Andy moved to Emerge Aotearoa as their National Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager. In 2018 he returned to Ara on a two-year contract as Manager – Health & Wellbeing. The purpose of this role was to develop and embed an evidence-based, system wide focus on staff wellbeing – a challenging time as it coincided with the Christchurch mosque attacks and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to his work experience, Andy draws on his own ‘lived’ experiences of depression and significant physical injury (broken neck). This mix of academic, practical and lived experience allows him to bring a pragmatic evidence-based approach to his work. An approach that has previously been recognised nationally (Winner NZ Workplace Wellbeing Award, 2013; Finalist NZ Workplace H&S Awards, 2015, 2016). Andy holds a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, a Certificate in Adult Teaching, and is a ICF Certified Coach.

Andy is a ROW Crew member and a ROW Partner – listen to an interview, or read more on LinkedIn.


1. Is the course accredited?

The course is not NZQA accredited. This allows us to keep compliance requirements to a minimum – thereby ensuring the course content is very current and the mode of delivery is flexible enough to meet the needs of each new cohort of participants.

The course aims to support participants to develop and practically apply knowledge and tools in their role as workplace wellbeing practitioners. This in turn will support career progression at the cutting edge of a rapidly changing and increasingly important profession.


2. How much time should I dedicate to the course?

This depends entirely on what you seek to get out of the course. All participants will have access to the baseline learning materials and depending on their organisational needs different participants are likely to dig more deeply into different topics.

As a rough guide, it is suggested that participants put aside a minimum of 6 hours learning and research time per module (there are 9 modules in total). Participants will also have access to the online learning resources for 12 months following completion of the course, should they wish to circle back on specific content areas during their own strategy development process.


3. Upon completion of the course will I have developed my organisational strategy?

While the course is largely designed as a step-by-step process for developing a workplace wellbeing strategy it is highly unlikely participants will be able to complete their own strategy development in time with the delivery of course modules. This is particularly likely to be the case in larger organisations where stakeholder engagement and senior management ‘sign off’ can involve lengthy processes.


4. Are the learning outcomes formally assessed?

The learning outcomes are not formally assessed i.e. there are no assignments or exams. Like most professional development courses the onus is on the participant to meet their own learning needs based on their own personal and professional aspirations.


5.Can more than one person from an organisation enrol in the course?

Yes. For example, you may want to upskill more than one member of your team, or focus on succession planning for workplace wellbeing. Additional participants from one organisation will receive a discounted registration fee and can also receive an additional discount if they elect to undergo group (rather than individual) coaching. Please contact us at support@rowwellbeing.com to discuss options.

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