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HR Advisor of the Year: Runner Up

At the HR Advisors Conference in Auckland last month, we ran our inaugural HR Advisor of the Year Awards. We had 4 very worthy finalists. Each finalist had an overview of their project presented, and the audience then voted on the winner.

Those attending said they loved hearing about real case studies, and so we thought it would be fantastic to share the story of our runner up and winner, to give others inspiration and ideas of what works and how to overcome obstacles!

Sheree Jack, HR Advisor for nibNZ was our runner up (Sheree is on the right hand side in the photo). Sheree missed out on winning by only a couple of votes, and here’s why she came so close to being HR Advisor of the Year.

Victoria and Sheree

Transforming a wellness programme

Sheree’s project was the transformation of nib’s internal wellness programme and the development of nibSTEP. When Sheree first started at nib, the wellness programme involved Round the Bays, Flu jabs and weekly fruit. But Sheree wanted to take it to the next level…

nibMOVE was the first wellness initiative that she designed and led. It involved:

  • A 12 week programme in the build up to the Round the Bays event.
  • Les Mills gym membership for 12 weeks
  • Weekly activities – tennis, Jump world, sports night, yoga etc.
  • Nutritional seminar
  • Weekly after work run / walks
  • Weekly weigh-ins with our registered nurse and nutritional advice provided
  • Each week participants received points awarded for attending the weekly activity, attending the weigh-in and nutritional seminar.

The programme in the first year had 30 participants and as it received such positive feedback we were asked to run it again that year and participation increased to 50 plus participants.

The CEO then challenged Sheree to think about wellness more holistically. So nibSTEP was a 12 week fully automated holistic wellness programme delivered online with Wellness Points & Step Points

o Wellness points awarded for reading articles, completing health assessments, researching recipes, completing tasks in the ‘Stress Less’ programme

o Step points awarded for every day participants reached their daily step goal. Participants got a Fitbit Charge HR model that was able to sync to the myhealthhq portal.

Participants could track their progress by completing a Wellness Assessment at the start and end of the 12-week challenge. Two leader boards displayed on the portal when participants logged in – step board and wellness points. Awesome prizes were up for grabs such as Sky City hotel vouchers.

Sheree was responsible as developer of the programme as well as project lead for nibSTEP and worked with multiple employees across the business as well as externally. She is passionate about embedding safety and wellness into the company culture and therefore believes that it is important that these initiatives are not seen to be owned from the top down.

Healthlogix was their external partner who provided and built the online portal with IT. This was an extensive complicated build and involved weekly meetings to go over feedback, build the points structure as well as testing phases.

Sheree said the obstacles to overcome included:

  • Juggling multiple priorities – also on a full time secondment in a WHS Advisor position based in Newcastle Australia. Had to communicate NZ to Australia and to external company in Melbourne.
  • She managed this with a WIP, (work in progress), sheet that outlined the deadlines of development and who was responsible that she sent out to all key stakeholders.
  • They worked from this in meetings. They did miss our first initial launch deadline but with tracking sheet – knew this and could communicate this to the CEO in advance and agree on a more realistic delivery date.

The results?

  • In the first week of launching 119 registrations and we finished with 132 participants in total (out of 180 ees)
  • Employee interaction with myhealthHQ increased by almost 180% during the nibSTEP program. The average page views were over 13,500 a month!
  • 31 / 41 employees had a significant reduction in the overall health score!
  • The total number of steps that participants have walked over the twelve weeks – 72,008,075 = 54,870km, Cape Reinga to Bluff 26 times!!
  • Ave number of daily steps collectively – 827,679 per day – the circumference of the earth, (40,000km)!
  • Employee feedback that employees were able to compete within their smaller teams so engagement in the competition was high even though they weren’t up the top of the leader board
  • Team leaders were able to spark engagement within their teams
  • Feedback that employees were able to engage with employees across the business that they normally get to talk to.

This was a fantastic result and we hope Sheree is really proud of what’s been achieved. Later this week you’ll hear the story of the winner of the HR Advisor of the Year Award.


You can now enter the HR Advisor Awards in the UK by clicking here, or in Australia by clicking here. Winners will be voted for at the HR Advisors Conference in London in July 2017 and in Melbourne in October 2017.


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