On Thursday 13th February, our NAWO NSW members were treated to a fantastic event at O-I glass in Penrith. Supporting the key learning priority of Maximising your Effectiveness, we heard from three women whose passion was to support Mental Wellbeing the workplace.
The tour of their iconic glass factory was led by the engaging operations team at O-I, where our members had a one-of-a-kind experience of glass manufacture – a process so amazing to watch that there are even YouTube videos of it – but nothing beats the real thing where you can experience the heat!
Marlaina Morley, site Human Resources, shared her approach to addressing wellbeing in a challenging environment consisting of a predominantly male environment where 1/3 of the workforce are over 54. We learned from her first-hand experiences about the barriers to be overcome and some of the strategies that she had found most successful.
Jane Mahon from the Calm Minds Group then spoke to us about what key features that led to Roger Federer’s incredible success we can adopt for ourselves, and apply everyday in our life, family and work. She also spoke about her experiences working with veterans who had entered a ‘resilience spiral’. She shared many tips for us to try including some simple but effective biology hacks – using our breath, checking in with our body, and above all getting enough sleep.
Venita Hudson’s presentation complemented the other two marvellously. Her insights into shift work, and any form of extended work hours and the spiral that we enter to try to keep up with the pace of change in our lives, resonated with us all, and her strategies were pragmatic, with a fun networking activity to put what we learned into practice.
Finally, the panel discussion allowed our NAWO members to ask all the questions that had come up for them during the presentations, and to hear more of the personal experiences of the panel.
Many thanks to O-I for hosting this terrific event, the speakers and to the NSW State Committee for organising it.