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SKYCITY – Better Outcomes through Healthier Staff

Case Study

New Zealand Diversity Awards, 2013
Worklife Balance Category

Sky City – Better Outcomes through Healthier Staff

SKYCITY understand the benefits of Workplace Wellness as a part of their diversity strategy…
Healthier staff = higher retention & fewer sick days

Encouraging staff to be fit and healthy has had a real payoff for SKYCITY.

Recognising that their 3000 people were the driving force behind its business, SKYCITY put the focus on employee wellness and came up with a guiding principle: “prevent harm and build wellness”. They put the emphasis on fun, physical challenges for better uptake.

Working well

Fun group activities have attracted hundreds of SKYCITY employees to get involved with the company’s workplace wellness initiatives and to improve their fitness and health. Here are some highlights:

  • Staff Cultural Festival

    With solo, duo and group performance categories – evolved into regular SKYCITY Idol events

  • SKYCITY Amazing Race

    With physical, mental and creative challenges

  • Build My Ride

    Charity Edition where staff competed in fun challenges to earn bike parts then built a working bike and donated the end result to charity

  • SKYCITY Survivor

    20 teams competed to ‘survive’ with fun, team-building challenges

  • Dare the Stairs

    A fitness challenge for all staff based on walking the Sky Tower’s 1029 stairs

The pay-off

With thousands of staff, high absenteeism and staff turnover has the potential to seriously impact on productivity and the overall performance of the organisation.

Instead, SKYCITY’s proactive approach to staff wellness has seen staff turnover drop by 6%, workplace injuries drop by 28% and sick leave drop by 8% and 9% over two consecutive years.

Other health-focused initiatives at SKYCITY:

A “health kiosk” (staff could test their blood pressure and general health) was used by 4000 employees to check their health over seven weeks

More About SkyCity

SKYCITY Auckland is a popular tourist destination offering more than 20 restaurants and bars, two award-winning hotels, the iconic Sky Tower, a world-class casino and New Zealand’s largest convention centre. It’s also New Zealand’s fifth largest public company and employs more than 3000 people.

“We wanted to move away from the traditional approach of offering discounted gym memberships and instead host free employee events that are fun and physical. Feedback has shown team building and engagement has grown.”

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