August 2020

Workplace Culture Update



Dear colleagues,


Last year we set together a collective ambition to create a workplace that celebrates diversity and success, and where you feel safe, respected and supported by your colleagues and managers.


I want to report on some steps that have been taken to help us move towards this goal.  


An external partner has been engaged to support our workplace change program. Bendelta specialises in organisational change and will provide objective counsel and advice to us as we continue to translate our cultural strategy into action.


In July we launched a Manager Capability Framework in response to feedback provided in the People Matter survey and World Café events. Designed to support and improve the experience of our managers across the district, it includes learning pathways matched to different skill levels and is supported by consultation, mentoring and targeted coaching. Read more here.


I want us to build a workplace culture of listening to each other. The COVID-19 Staff Pulse Survey has been launched to find out from you what is working and what may not be working. If you haven’t already shared your feedback I encourage you to take 10 mins to complete this survey. Click here to complete the survey.


The challenges of COVID-19 have increased our focus on the wellbeing of staff. Our Workplace Wellness initiatives have been well received, with 6,000 virtual and in person sessions taken up by staff since the beginning of the pandemic. Mindfulness sessions have also become a staple across the district with these sessions continuing to grow in popularity.  


Western Sydney LHD has launched its own private Yammer Group on the NSW Health Yammer network providing an additional channel for staff to stay informed on important news. Yammer is a staff only social network that can be accessed directly on your mobile phones so you can stay connected while on the move. Our aim is that it will become a forum for you to exchange ideas, celebrate achievements and connect with colleagues across the district. I encourage everyone to sign in, start posting news and join the conversation. Learn more here.


I remain committed to ensuring that your experience of working at WSLHD is the best it can possibly be. Please continue to share feedback with your managers, WSLHD Executive and Board to help create the environment we are all proud of.


I look forward to providing further updates as we advance our workplace program.  



Kind regards,


Graeme Loy


Chief Executive

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