CTC leads the way with its Mental Health & Well-being Initiatives

It’s Mental Health Week which gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of mental health and well-being in the workplace. CTC recognises it has a leadership role in advocating best practice and innovation in well-being to our tenants and our stakeholders.

Mental health is a very important concern for those running organisations. Under workplace health and safety legislation employers have a statutory duty to ensure that their workplaces do not cause mental health issues. Employee Assistance schemes are one thing, but in terms of duty of care, employers will be asked to demonstrate that they have a culture that encourages both physical and mental well-being.

Listed below are some examples of how CTC supports good mental health on our precinct to both our staff, and also those of our tenants.

  • Leave

Taking regular leave is paramount to health and safety as well as well-being. In addition to statutory requirements, CTC provides two days additional “well-being leave” per annum. Recognising the adage “the more we give, the happier we feel”, CTC staff may take an additional two days leave per annum to volunteer for a registered charity.

  • Breaks

Regular breaks outside of lunch can be beneficial to workplace productivity. A worker who has had a sleepless night because of a young baby in the house can be a safety hazard at work. CTC staff may take a sleep break of up to 20 minutes duration per day in our “5R’s” Room.

  • 5R’s Room

CTC provides a room where research, reading, rest and quiet reflection can take place. This doubles as a meditation room, contains our Well-being Library and is a rest zone. The 5R’s Room is available to both our staff and those of our tenants.

  • Mindfulness

CTC staff are provided with the opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation training is provided to all staff.  Those using the 5R’s room for meditation may take up to ten minutes break without the need to pay back this time.

  • 24/7 Gym

There is a now a great body of research that says exercise is good for mental health. CTC has a fully equipped gym that is available to all workers whether they are employed by CTC itself or a tenant. For a minimal joining fee (currently set at $60 per annum), workers can access the gym 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Employee Assistance Program

CTC provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for use by CTC staff members and their immediate family. This cost is met by CTC for up to 3 consultations per year.

  • Lifestyle Bonus

Having a good work-life balance is essential to physical and mental well-being. The provision of a workplace ‘bonus’ worth $500 per annum is one way that CTC advocates creating a healthy balance. In summary CTC will reimburse up to half the expenditure incurred by a staff member in purchasing movie or theatre tickets, holidays, family entertainment, massage etc.

For more information about CTC’s worker health and well-being initiatives, visit our dedicated website www.buildfitness.me.

Safety Seminar about Preventing Heat Stress

Working in hot and/or humid environments is not only uncomfortable, it can also result in heat-related illness, which can be fatal. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, but it’s important to identify the warning signs and to react swiftly and appropriately when they arise.

For this reason, managing heat was chosen as the topic for CTC’s latest Safety Seminar held on Wednesday, 30th August in Hot Leasing.

First up was Zach du Preez, A/Principal Advisor – Occupational Hygiene – Workplace Health & Safety Queensland who explained how to identify and assess the risk of heat stress. It is important to consider:-

  • What are the workplace conditions?  Consider humidity, surface temperatures, exposure period, reflective surfaces, hot plant etc.
  • What are the job requirements?  How complex, how heavy is the work, how regular are the breaks, are there shady areas, what are the PPE requirements?
  • What are the individual worker attributes?  Are they used to this type of work?  Do they have a pre-existing medical condition?  Would they know the signs of heat stress?

Workplace Health & Safety Queensland have an on-line tool to assist in identifying and assessing the risk of heat stress Heat Stress Basic Calculator Test.  Control measures must be implemented when the risk of a heat related illness is assessed as high. For more information from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland about managing heat exposure, visit their website.

Zach finished with a scenario about a worker who suffered the affects of heat stress.  He mentioned how the symptoms of heat stress can easily be confused with those of a heart attack. In the last 5 years, there have been over 200 reported incidents of heat stress, 22 of which resulted in serious injury or death.

The second presenter was Di A-Izzeddin, Operations Manager & Director of 4cRisk Pty Ltd. 4cRisk has developed a program to help identify and manage heat related risks. Like the previous speaker, Di stressed the importance of considering environmental and physiological aspects in addition to air temperature when managing the risk of heat stress.

Engineering controls can include fans, thermal blanketing etc. Physiological controls could include educating workers to drink sufficient fluids to stay adequately hydrated. There are tools available to measure hydration levels. Making electrolyte replacements available is a good control measure. Our bodies are designed to regulate heat, but other factors can make it difficult to maintain a safe temperature (as described above).

To finish, Di stressed the importance of workplaces implementing a robust program that takes into consideration all factors that contribute to heat related illness.

The final presentation was a practical demonstration from Charmaine Streeter and Tracy McLean from Queensland Health’s Clinical Skills Development Service.  Using “volunteers” from the audience, they demonstrated how to identify the signs and symptoms and apply first aid for the 3 levels of heat-related illness.

  • Heat cramps
    • Signs/symptoms – painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen, heavy sweating
    • Treatment – Move to cooler place, apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm; give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water.
  • Heat exhaustion
    • Signs/symptoms – faint or dizzy, excessive sweating, cool pale clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid, weak pulse, muscle cramps
    • Treatment – Get to cooler air conditioned place, lie down, loosen clothing, cool by fanning, drink water if fully conscious, take a cool shower or use cold compresses.
  • Heat stroke
    • Signs/symptoms – throbbing headache, no sweating, body temperature above 40 degrees C, red hot dry skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid strong pulse, may lose consciousness.
    • Treatment – Emergency – call 000. Take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives.

We were grateful for the support of Allens Industrial Products, Paramount Safety, CBus and QLeave who provided displays at the seminar.

For more information about CTC’s Safety Series Seminars contact us. Our next seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 and will focus on Elevated Work Platform safety.

That’s Not Just Good … It’s Super!

We did something extraordinary recently (even if we say so ourselves). It wasn’t easy and it has generated some polarised views. We had to go to ‘court’ for the right to do it and it required a State Commission to pass judgment on it. It went to the basis of what we really mean by equity. We decided to pay our female staff more superannuation than their male counterparts – a further 1% of their salary to be precise.

On the face of it this is discrimination in its own right which is why we required clearance from both the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.

So why do it? Well I believe it’s the right thing to do. There is an argument by some that the pay differential doesn’t really exist because men and women are generally paid the same for the same job. The broader consideration of this is that women, in general, have considerable time away from the workplace either in the form of maternity and/or carers leave, or returning as part-time or casual workers. Coupled with this, women are over-represented in low paid and part-time/casual work.

The ability therefore for women to accrue sufficient superannuation to secure a comfortable retirement is placed in jeopardy as a result. Compounding the equity impact is the reality that time away from the workplace affects promotion potential.

Working outside the system means the grip on networks, the prevailing political landscape and knowledge of potential opportunities is compromised.

We know from research that the informal system is the exoskeleton through which upward progress is made in business. If you are not on the inside you are by default on the outside. The route to seniority or partner is made so much harder, especially when returning from having a baby and having to balance competing demands (skills borne out of necessity, by the way, that are of huge value in the corporate world).

So if you are a believer in gender equity in the workplace and want to do something substantial about it, consider levelling the playing field by paying your female staff more superannuation. They will return this appreciation of their contribution in the workplace in ways that far out-weigh the additional cost.

If you are a small corporation and think this is only possible in the large corporate world think again. We are a small to medium enterprise. We value the contribution of our female team members every bit as much as we do our men. To do so in a meaningful and authentic way is what counts. I can’t think of a more robust endorsement of the importance of equity in the workplace than assisting women to return to work in the most flexible manner possible and making-up in some small way for lost time out of the labour market.

Not all agree of course. When we commenced our differential superannuation contributions this April we became the third company in Australia to do so. It’s an important issue. The Australian Human Rights Commission thinks so and so do we. Wouldn’t it be super if this became standard business practice?

Trading Up

You have bounced out of bed before the alarm; the excitement of new horizons is greater than your need for sleep. You are ready. More ready for this than anything you have ever done before. It’s finally here. The day you start studying the Degree or Apprenticeship of your dreams.

You have survived the endless advice from your family, friends, teachers, and mentors. If you are heading to university it may be that people are questioning your choice of degree or university.

However, announcing that “I’m doing an Apprenticeship”, is often interpreted by the listener as “I’d like to be interrogated about why I’m not going to university”. For those of you smiling at that comment- read on!

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)1 in 2016 found that 77.6 per cent of apprentices and trainee graduates were employed after completion of their studies. For university graduates in 20152, measured in the four months post degree completion, only 68.8 per cent had found employment3.

According to the website Trade Risk4 the highest paid tradespeople in 2016 were those in the electrical field, earning on average $85,000.00. According to the website PayScale5, as at October 2016, the average wage for a Civil Engineer is $71,395.00.

Considering the higher rates of employment for apprentices, the ability to earn while they learn and not having to pay study fees, is an apprenticeship really that bad?

You can study at university, incur a large student debt, have a lower chance of finding employment and, when you do find employment, the wages you hoped for won’t be realised for quite some time. Or, you could follow your dream of getting a trade, earn a wage while learning your trade, have a better chance of finding employment and have a higher earning potential than your university counterparts.

The message here is not that apprenticeships are better than degrees. The message is that you should follow your passion. Research your options and choose the one that gets you bouncing out of bed every morning. Don’t make a choice on perceived financial rewards and employment prospects. Things are not always what they seem.

  1. https://www.ncver.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/62143/Total-VET-graduate-outcomes-2016.pdf
  2. Data for 2016 is not yet available
  3. http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/GCA_GradStats_2015_FINAL.pdf
  4. https://www.traderisk.com.au/how-much-do-tradies-earn
  5. http://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Attorney_%2f_Lawyer/Salary

All websites accessed on 6th February 2017.

CTC’s Launches the “4R’s Room” – A Place to Read, Research, Rest & Reflect!

CTC has launched a room which is available to all workers at the precinct where research, reading, rest and quiet reflection can take place in a private, quiet environment free from the stresses of the office or training room.  Located next to the Build Fitness Gym on Level 1 of the Ian Barclay Building, the 4R’s Room doubles as a meditation room, a rest zone and also contains our library of well-being and management books.

We live in a fast-paced world, particularly the world of business, where 24/7 connectivity has fast become the norm. Workers are meant to be problem-solving and helping to grow our enterprises in a socially and environmentally responsible way throwing in lashings of creativity as they do so.

For many this occasions the sort of negative stress not conducive to positive physical or mental health. Management researchers and leading-edge managers now recognize that workplace wellness (as opposed to the previous overwhelming concentration on safety) is a key issue in managing people in the 21st Century.

What the 4Rs concept does is provide a quiet place where mental and ‘spiritual’ development can happen alongside the physical component which is addressed next door in the Buildfitness 24/7 gym. CTC has already conducted Precinct-wide mindfulness training and the 4Rs room is an ideal location for some meditation or quiet reflection associated with mindfulness. The research on the benefits of mindfulness and meditative practice in the workplace is now without question.

Often we get so embroiled in the minutiae of our jobs that we fail to look up to take a more critical or lateral perspective. In an age of ‘data’ staff often make decisions and take actions based on feelings or their “vain brain” without a good theoretical or research-based underpinning. Some will cite many years of experience as the basis upon which decisions are made. This does not enable effective decision-making. Many take decisions with little or no sound under-pinning because of the fast environment in which they find themselves. Indeed many managers are still not across EQ and neuroscience which can explain poor decisions based on unconscious bias or the “deceitful brain”.

To this end a library of management textbooks and latest journals are available in the 4Rs Room to enable staff and managers to browse or borrow to improve their understanding of the art and science of management. The 4Rs room provides a quiet space to read these texts. CTC subscribes to many journals as a feature of the range of activities we undertake and these are made available to borrow for the benefit of the whole Precinct.

A full catalogue of publications is available via the Build Fitness website by clicking here: 4Rs Room Library Catalogue. Synopses of some of the books have been prepared which can be accessed by clicking here: Advancement Library Synopses.

Visitors to the 4R’s room can borrow a book for up to 2 weeks by simply completing the register which is kept on the book shelf.  Journals are meant to be browsed in the 4R’s Room.

CTC’s “Whole-hearted-you” is award-winning!

CTC was recognised at the 2016 Queensland Safe Work & Return to Work Awards at a gala breakfast on 18th October winning the Best workplace & wellbeing initiative for its “Whole-hearted-you” program.

CTC’s health and well-being initiative known as “Whole-hearted-you” was developed to assist our own staff and enable tenants to provide programs to improve the health and well-being of their staff. CTC’s 30+ tenants are mostly small business operators who don’t have the wherewithal to provide such opportunities to their staff. This allows not only CTC staff to benefit from the programs we have initiated but also provides tenant’s employees the opportunity to participate in initiatives generally only available to the ‘bigger end of town’  because they can be expensive and time-consuming to run.

A lot of thought was put into the concept that underlies “Whole-hearted-you” – wanting to focus on the whole person and not only the physical aspect. “Whole-hearted you” includes five elements: mind, body, soul, self and heart. When all five are in balance there is the prospect of wholeheartedness.

The strapline “Whole-hearted-you” was created to embrace this philosophy. Activities offered to support our tenant workers to live and function at their best include:

To increase physical activity:
A fully equipped onsite gymnasium that is available 24/7 to eligible tenant staff – annual membership $60
Free weekly group fitness sessions led by a qualified fitness instructor
Free weekly boxing fit sessions led by a qualified fitness instructor
Showers, lockers, bicycle racks to encourage physical activity

To maintain a healthy weight:
Free Bioscan body measurements
Free Friday Blood Pressure checks
Scales provided in the gym

To improve social and emotional wellbeing:
Dedicated website/social media presence featuring healthy lifestyle tips, recipes, advice and encouragement
Onsite Mindfulness training paid for by CTC
Dedicated meditation room
Free seated massages available to tenant staff
Extensive lending library of health and lifestyle books and magazines
Monthly lunchtime lectures on range of management and wellbeing topics
Employee Assistance Program – CTC staff only

To eat healthier:
On-site café with healthy food options
Kilojoule calculations (done by nutritionist) displayed for all food sold by café

To quit smoking:
FLiCK-OFF – quit smoking program in conjunction with QuitLine.

To stay healthy:
Free annual skin, flu jabs and hearing tests
Sun Smart stations providing free sunscreen and application advice

To find out more about “Whole-hearted-you”, visit our website www.buildfitness.me.

Safety Series Seminar focuses on Preventing Workplace Injuries

The latest in CTC’s Safety Series Seminars was held on Wednesday, 24th August. The focus for this seminar was to highlight how to avoid workplace injuries and how WorkCover Queensland can work with employers to reduce the impact on injured staff.

The seminar coincided with Tradies National Health Month which aims to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations. Tradies National Health Month is an initiative of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and we were fortunate to have Marina Vitale representing their organisation as a guest speaker. She was joined by Gabrielle Turner, Ashleigh Quilty & Troy Mewburn, Customer Advisors with WorkCover Queensland.

Marina said statistics from WorkCover Queensland reveal that muscular skeletal injuries account for 42% of reported injuries and of these, 33% are back injuries. While we all age, the state that our bodies are in, combined with accumulated injuries incurred every day for years, impacts the nature of workplace injuries.

Factors that are important for managing injury risk include:

  • Where you work
  • Manual task risk
  • What you do
  • How you work

Tools workers can use to prevent injury include:

  • Weight management
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink sufficient water
  • Sleep and eat well
  • Manage health conditions

Employers should use prevention tools such as:

  • Encouraging employees to report niggles early
  • Walk the talk – lead by action and example
  • Refer to the Hazardous Manual Task Code of Practice 2011
  • Review SOP’s – how things are done should be aligned with the Code
  • Conduct ergonomic analysis
  • Use PErforM – a collaborative approach to manage task risk in the workplace (the regulator promotes training in this area)
  • Train supervisors specifically on return to work and muscular skeletal anatomy
  • Proactively manage older worker issues
  • Offer early intervention services
  • Utilise Job Access and Job in Jeopardy programs (these are Commonwealth funded programs lasting 6 months providing access to an exercise physiologist and GP care through Centrelink)

Physiotherapists can assist by:

  • Improving health and wellness
  • Conduct worksite visits
  • Demonstrating exercises for improving balance/pelvic floor – important part of core strength
  • Providing functional capacity evaluations
  • Conducting fitness for work assessments
  • Conducting pre-employment assessments
  • Providing Suitable Duties and Return to Work services.

Workers can manage muscular skeletal discomfort by:

  • Avoiding overreaching
  • Using mechanical assistance where possible
  • Maintaining tools – keep these sharp etc. so no pushing required
  • Be conscious of hand tool design
  • Keeping neutral positions for power and stability
  • Avoiding awkward postures
  • Avoiding ill fitting shoes

The following factors which affect worker recovery rates:

  • Not reporting early
  • Not receiving treatment early
  • Not receiving the correct treatment
  • Inappropriate duties being assigned on return to work

Marina finished her presentation by demonstrating some stretches that can be incorporated into the workplace.

Gabrielle Turner, Ashleigh Quilty & Troy Mewburn (Customer Advisors) then spoke about how WorkCover Queensland can  help business by identifying trends, assisting with the return to work process, injury prevention management (IPaM), information campaigns and access to industry resources.

The construction industry had 9,620 claims costing $116 million and required 35 days off work on average  – 42% of these were muscular-skeletal 33% were classified as lacerations and burns. Consulting Workcover Queensland to promote a safe work environment can result in lower injuries and reduced premiums.

Potential flags that claims are escalating:

  • Claimants not engaging with the business
  • Focussing on pain rather than using positive language
  • Poor support network
  • Claimants becoming withdrawn from social activities
  • Longer recoveries
  • Struggling with performance

Proactive employers display the following:

  • Early return to work from claimants
  • Keep in contact with the claimant
  • Invite claimants to work social functions
  • Educate employees on the return to work process
  • Have employee assistance programs (counselling) available
  • Ensure claimant’s colleagues are aware of their alternative duties

To find out more about CTC’s Safety Series Seminars, call us on 07 3216 6711 or visit our website.

Committee formed to fund-raise for charity

Recently, a number of people raised the idea of forming a committee, with representation from various CTC tenants, that would organise precinct-wide fundraising events. We thought this was a great idea and consequently agreed to sponsor a fundraising/social committee to make it happen.

Staff from three tenants immediately signed up – and with Lynn from CTC, began planning their first event – a fundraiser for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. This cause was suggested by and close to the heart of Germana (from WH&S More Skills).Brain cancer campaign

This first fundraiser will be in the form of a sausage sizzle where we’ll be firing up the barbie, and also selling donuts, beanies and other promotional items to raise money for brain cancer research. Not just for one day, but every day during the week of 15th – 19th August.

Around 1600 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year.  Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.

We think this is a great cause to support and hope there’ll be plenty of CTC workers and students buying a sausage, donut or beanie.

  • Where:  Outside Hot Leasing area (Building 3/4)
  • When:  10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Dates:  Monday, 15th – Friday, 19th August
  • Prices:  Sausage in bread – $2; Donuts – $1; Beanies $5

A big thank you to committee members Germana from WH&S More Skills, Kylie from Lifting Skills, Maria from ASG Integracom and Lynn from CTC . To find out more about CTC’s fundraising committee or to get involved, contact Lynn at bookings@ctc.qld.edu.au.

To learn more more about the work of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, visit their website: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Safety Series Seminar focuses on Materials and Personnel Hoists

The latest in the series of Safety Seminars was held in CTC’s Hot Leasing facility on Wednesday, 25th May. Around 60 people representing various sectors attended the seminar which highlighted safety issues and concerns around Materials and Personnel Hoists.

Industry experts Stuart Davis, Principal Adviser from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland and Dave Van Der Poel, QLD/NT Sales Manager with Alimak Hek shared their knowledge and provided interesting insights around construction hoist safety.

materials hoistIn his talk, Stuart advised that there are very few incidents involving hoists, partly due to the good safety standards. The danger though is that complacency can develop.

He noted that there had only been two serious incidents, both of which related to equipment failure. The first event was catastrophic – the counterweight came off killing the operator, and the second the drive plate locked and the hoist fell, resulting in the operator’s back being broken.

The major danger relates to the potential of falling objects. Should bolts not be installed or tested properly, they can fall off. When commissioning, it is important to specify the tests to be conducted i.e. drop test, emergency stop, brake test and others as mentioned in the standard.  Also be conscious of wind speed. Whilst the hoist is secured to the building, this should still be considered as to when the wind speed is too great to safely operate. Another item to consider is where to place the wind meter.

Stuart also briefly reported on the potential changes to the Queensland Tower Crane Code of Practice which is part of the national processes under review. Stuart was part of the working group tasked with this review.  Key points are that major (10 year) inspections will remain and advertising on tower crane booms will no longer be permitted.

Dave Van Der Poel presented his insights on behalf of Alimak Hek – a publicly listed company which developed the first rack and pinion drive hoist.

In layman’s terms, his said a hoist is a machine developed to transport goods and people vertically.

The 300 kg materials hoist available in CTC’s Hot Leasing facility is an example of a smaller unit designed to transport materials only. People are not permitted to travel in this in Australia, however in other overseas jurisdictions, there are not the same stringent safety requirements. For example, in India, people could be transported in a 300 kg materials hoist.

The efficiencies gained by using the larger hoists are being seen by builders of the large scale towers. In the past, cranes would be required to move material such as plasterboard to the next story being constructed. This would require a crane and multiple personnel including doggers and riggers to move the boards to the desired location. It is much simpler and more cost-effective when hoists are utilised.  Hoists also minimise manual handling and potential injury.

Hoists travel up the mast, which are normally secured to the building at 6m intervals. The landing door arrangements are important requiring compliance with a number of safety regulations. The hoist has to be completely screened to full height. When travelling, the doors are locked mechanically and electronically, so the doors cannot be opened unless stopped at a landing floor. Doors on the landing and hoist are interlocked to an Australian specific standard.

In summary, the key points to take away from the seminar are:materials hoist2

  • Safety device
    • Has a maximum lifespan of 5 years
    • Critical to ensure the hoist will stop even if the drive fails
  • Maintenance
    • Critical to ensure continued safe operation
    • OEM Service is required after every 40 hours of use
    • The hoist should be checked each day as part of the start of day routine
    • Functional tests should be conducted after each project
    • Correct ties and bolts should be used to install
  • If hiring a unit
    • Installation is critical to safety
    • Check the following before allowing a unit onto the site:
      • the service records are current
      • the safety device tag is current

For information about this or CTC’s state of the art Hot Leasing facility, visit our website www.hotleasing.com.au.

CTC Launches Build Fitness – a 24/7 Gym for Workers at CTC and much more too

On Thursday, 24th March 2016, The Construction Training Centre (CTC) launched Build Fitness – a gym that can be accessed 24/7 by all eligible workers who are employed at the centre.

Build Fitness builds on other worker well-being initiatives implemented by CTC such as group fitness sessions, health screening, healthy options at the cafe and quit smoking support. These are offered free to all workers employed by the 30+ tenants at the Centre – currently around 200 people.

The 24/7 gym was the vision of CTC’s CEO Phil Diver who understands the physical, mental and emotional benefits to employees as well as long-term financial benefits to the employer.

Workplace health and safety legislation obliges employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers. Much of the focus is about safety, however the distinction between work and non-work related illness and disease is becoming less clear.

Broadening the scope of workplace health and safety to include health and well-being can provide significant benefits to business and safety performance.

When a room became available in CTC’s office building, Phil resisted the temptation to put in a tenant and instead converted the space to a compact gym that would address the increasingly sedentary habits of many workers at CTC and add value to the traditional tenant/landlord relationship.

Build Fitness assists our tenant partners to provide healthy lifestyle opportunities and services for everyone in their workplace – at no cost to their business”, Phil said.

Brand new equipment was installed including a rowing machine, treadmill, cross-trainer, bike, vibration platform, weights and other small fitness apparatus.

To enable 24/7 access, security was upgraded and various safety features were installed including a duress button, CCTV and a defibrillator.

Members must participate in an induction with CTC’s approved fitness instructor before given access to the gym. Members pay a small annual amenity fee – currently $60. When you consider this is only $5 a week, it’s a small price to pay for the convenience of a gym at the workplace.

CTC put a lot of thought into the concept that underlies the gym wanting to focus on the whole person and just not the physical aspect. There is no better reflection of their thinking than the Build Fitness logo. It is, after all, like the shop window and it provides an idea of ‘what’s inside the tin’.

“We recognise what the research tells us that if you want to be fully healthy there are five elements to this: body, mind, spirt (soul), self and heart. When all five are satisfied there is the prospect of wholeheartedness”, Phil said.

Dealing with each of these elements in turn.

  • Body – many workers lead sedentary lives. A 24/7 gym available at work allows employers to give their workers the opportunity to avail themselves of facilities that are the perfect antidote to an unhealthy work environment. At CTC a collaborative leasing model enables tenants to feel part of a bigger whole. In the same way as the Café is regarded a facility that tenants make available to their staff, so too is the gym a facility for all CTC Precinct employees.
  • Mind – mental health is a very important concern for those running organisations. Under workplace health and safety legislation employers have a statutory duty to ensure that their workplaces do not cause mental health issues. The gym has a role to play here as there is a now a great body of research that says that exercise is good for mental health.
  • Spirit/Soul – Spirit is about the way in which you do things e.g. in a positive spirit. A positive spirit comes from a positive mind-frame and this is definitely made easier by being physically healthy. Spirit is also that inner feeling of peace or calmness. It is the inner yearning and quite often what makes us want to improve or transform in terms of our careers, our abundance and our relationships our lives.
  • Self – self-image is a very critical component of our mental health. Our self-worth is often linked to self-image and this can be recalibrated through seeing improvements in one’s physical appearance. Self is the whole package and it is where the mind, body and soul reside as one.
  • Heart – when thinking of fitness the heart is often what we think of first and it is true that Build Fitnessdoes have a good range of cardio equipment to elevate the heart rate. Heart has other meanings including the centre and courage, determination or hope. Build Fitness is likely to become somewhat of a hub or centre within the Precinct with those involved showing determination and hope in improving physical and mental well-being. Heart is also about love and love of self.

When all these five elements are working together there is potential for whole-heartedness, or a “whole-hearted-you” – the strap-line for the Build Fitness brand.

For more information about Build Fitness, visit their website www.buildfitness.me.