At Charter Hall we believe that the health and wellbeing of our people and the communities we operate in are all connected. We have focused on promoting wellbeing in our workplaces through initiatives like Activity Based Working, community volunteering, wellbeing focused employee bene ts, international WELL Accreditation for many of our buildings and our Pledge 1%.
In February 2018, we continued our wellbeing focus with the launch of Ritualize–a 12–week program that provides a pattern of behaviours and actions to create positive change, making wellbeing a ritual. The program began with our employees taking a BioAge test, which revealed the true state of their health. From there, weekly challenges were set related to all aspects of wellbeing, including exercise, nutrition, caffeine and alcohol consumption, mindfulness and sleep. Our employees logged their progress via the Ritualize App, which was linked to a pedometer and several fitness apps. This enabled them to track their progress and see how even small positive actions had a positive impact on their BioAge score. A leader board recognised the top performers every day, and weekly prizes were awarded–as well as an overall challenge winner.
“The online nature of the tool enabled competition between employees across Australia, so it was a great way to motivate the team,” explained Trent Lowther, who won the Ritualize challenge. “I liked that you could opt into different challenges based on what you most need to change, but also add your own rituals. For me, sleep was one area I needed to focus on, as I tend not to go to bed early. I used the meditation technique called box breathing to help calm down and make sleep easier, and also tried to avoid using my phone before bed.”
To further encourage our people to make the most of program, we invited Paul Taylor, the Founder of Ritualize, to speak at our Tuesday TED morning breakfast. His talk was on the ‘Seven habits of peak performers’ and included some interesting insights into techniques such as 12–hour fasting, cold showers, mental rehearsal, digital detox and gratitude rituals.
“It would be good to do again,” says Trent Lowther. “Afterwards it was the best I have felt all year.”