Small business is the powerhouse of the Sunshine Coast, and when things get tough, it can be difficult to find help. While larger organisations have human resources departments and access to counselling and support, small businesses are generally on their own.
To address this gap, the Sunshine Coast Council teamed up with Mindstar and a host of corporate sponsors to create the B-Well and Prosper Program for Sunshine Coast business with fewer than 20 employees. Launched in July, more than 200 local businesses have already signed up and are benefitting from the resources offered.
“The B-Well and Prosper Program is a free introductory-level employee assistance program for small business owners and their employees,” says Stephen Robinson, Economic Development and Innovation portfolio councillor for Sunshine Coast Council. “It’s an online portal that allows individuals to connect in real time from their smartphone, laptop or any device to access wellbeing information. They don’t need to go and see someone – they can just log in at any time and access the portal.
“We wanted to make sure small business owners felt confident there was support out there for them. A business owner can go in and share it with their staff and pass it onto other employees. It contains a variety of fact sheets they can print and put in the staff room and a variety of programs they can share with their staff.”
Also available through the website are interviews, wellbeing workshops, free local activities, podcasts, blogs, mental health toolkits and online wellbeing programs.
“This program wouldn’t have been a success without the support of the some of the leading organisations across the region who have contributed to the development,” says Cr Robinson. “We have to say thanks to Mindstar, Youi, Unitywater, Telstra, Sunshine Plaza and ComLink and recognise the media support from My Weekly Preview, Mix FM and Channel 7. It’s this team that have been determined to make the project a success and recognise the value of this.”
Following on from the national R U OK? Day, On October 11, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce will host a wellbeing breakfast to coincide with Queensland Mental Health Week. The Workplace Wellbeing Breakfast: Secrets to a Thriving Business, Customers & Community will feature Aaron Williams, CEO of Mindstar, as guest speaker.
Mindstar is a provider of positive workplace wellbeing solutions and Mr Williams is known for his passionate, entertaining approach. He was integral in the development of B-Well and Prosper.
Visit the B-Well and Prosper portal for
- 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.
The B-Well and Prosper program is proudly supported by My Weekly Preview. Visit bwell.mindstar.com.au