Andrea Jade Immenga is a Talent Partner at BVNK and will be speaking on day one, live and in-person, at the Wellbeing at Work South Africa Summit between 25-26 October and we wanted to get her thoughts before she takes to the virtual stage.
We are thrilled that you will be speaking at our Wellbeing at Work SA Summit in October. Our first and most important question is, how are you doing today?
I am grateful today – for the onset of summer in Cape Town (there is nothing like it) and excited to join the upcoming Wellbeing at Work SA Summit.
As a leader based in the region, what are the main challenges you are facing when it comes to employee wellbeing?
We’re tackling how to make wellness appealing and accessible to our diverse, global staff complement. There is no one-size-fits-all to wellbeing. In addition, BVNK is still a startup, we’re building out initiatives as we scale.
What strategies have you seen developing in South Africa over the past 6-12 months post pandemic to address health and wellbeing in the workplace?
There has been a massive lean into the focus on mental wellbeing and how great employers can support their employees through listening, community groups and programs to avoid burnout. Meditation tools, in-office yoga, personal wellness stories and adding health-related benefits are just a few of the tools used to encourage the conversation of wellbeing in the workplace.
Why is employee wellbeing so important to you personally?
I love the analogy of ‘putting on your own oxygen mask’ before being able to help others – or doing great work for that matter. We’re complex beings without the superhuman ability to compartmentalize work from the rest of life. Therefore, organizations need to support employees to take care of themselves holistically. It just makes business sense to have a happy, healthy and motivated team to achieve your mission.
What are you most looking forward to about the Summit in October?
To listen and learn from others in the industry. I’d love to understand the new ideas in wellbeing to bring it back to my team’s work.
Tell us, what is your vision for the workplace of the future, in terms of employee engagement, health and wellbeing?
The future workplace will be fully customisable. Flexibility at its finest. To retain top talent, we need to support employees in doing great work in the way that suits their lifestyle – with health and wellbeing as a cornerstone. Successful organizations are built on engaged employees, I believe technology will prove to aid our drive towards increased engagement within a remote-friendly working world.
What areas do you think employers should be focused on over the next 12-18 months?
Get feedback on what your prospective candidates and current employees really want. Is your total compensation strategy fair and competitive in the market? Are you finding out whether your team wants to work in the office or at home in their pajamas? How do you support wellbeing and avoid burnout? Action your People strategy in line with these insights. Next, understand how your business is set to grow and build scalable solutions to your employee experience, benefits and wellbeing strategy to help bolster your brand in the competitive talent market.
How has your organisation been leading the way?
We’re hiring a diverse, global team. We’re bringing recognition, wellness and employee experience to the forefront of everything we do. As we’re a startup, we have the agility to innovate new ways of supporting our team and introducing new ideas at speed. It’s a blank canvas led by inspired leaders who put people at its center
Join us at the Wellbeing at Work South Africa Summit between 25-26 October 2022 live in Cape Town and virtually and hear from Andrea and over 30 expert speakers from across the world. Further details here.