Jenny and Lance Collett started their family business, Buderim Auto Service, in 1988 and have seen their fair share of ups and downs as they seek sustainability on all levels in their business.
While ensuring customer service, customer attraction and cash flow were consistent and always improving, their focus on mental health and wellbeing has only recently come to the fore.
The husband and wife team, who operate the workshop with their son and qualified mechanic Luke, have all tapped into the incredible resources available on the Sunshine Coast Council and Mindstar’s joint program B-Well and Prosper.
The Australian-first free wellbeing program for small- to medium-sized businesses has been making waves among the Coast business community.
The innovative and bespoke site offers easy access to more than 35 hours of wellbeing content including factsheets and information, programs, a monthly digital newsletter, workshops, local fitness and wellbeing groups and more.
In addition to free online tools, Sunshine Coast small business owners can access referral services and other council business support programs.
A firm believer in constantly upskilling and learning to better himself and his business, Mr Collett says he participated in a B-Well and Prosper webinar and says he “just can’t believe how good it is”.
“[The council and Mindstar] are conscious of how time-poor small business owners are, the information is easy to access and effective,” he says. “This is cutting-edge stuff.
“Everything was relevant to us and our business, because when you are dealing with different kinds of stresses as a business owner, if you don’t do something positive, your mind will go down the drain.”
Mrs Collett says all business owners know that business can be hard at times as well as stressful, but they don’t have to do it alone.
“What the council has done is a great initiative, whether you have been in business for a long time or a short time,” she says.
What is the Colletts’ secret to effectively separating their work and home lives?
“When we get home, we are allowed half an hour to talk about work things and after that it’s closed books,” she says.
Visit bwell.mindstar.com.au to access the free and private B-Well and Prosper portal today. My Weekly Preview is a proud sponsor of this wellbeing initiative.
Did you know?
Almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.
In Australia, mental illnesses are common, with an estimated one in 5 people experiencing a common disorder in the previous 12 months.
Anxiety disorders are the most common, followed by depressive disorders and substance-use disorders.
If you’ve noticed signs that someone may be struggling, then it’s a good time to start the conversation with them about what you’ve
seen or what your concerns are. You will never make things worse simply by asking them how they are going.
Available on the B-Well and Prosper portal
- Cash flow tips.
- Tips for managing stress and recognising employee burnout.
- Wellness advice and guidance, including a Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit.
- Stories from Coast business owners.
- Fact sheets on mental health and how to start the conversation.
- Connections to free and paid wellbeing and mental health support services.