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Meet the Speaker: Jenna Langdon, Head of HR, Trade Me

Jenna Langdon is Head of HR of Trade Me in New Zealand and will be speaking virtually as part of our panel discussion on strategies for a connected workforce on day two of the Wellbeing at Work Australia & New Zealand Summit on 8-10 November 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 ANZ Summit in November. Our first and most important question is, how are you doing today?

We’ve all been through a tough winter of bugs and virus but I’m feeling healthy and mentally fit – I’m so pregnant atm which adds a whole new layer to that question but I won’t go into the details 😊

As a leader based in the region, what are the main challenges your you are facing when it comes to employee wellbeing?

With working from home being so prominent in New Zealand it’s all about when and where does work stop and life begins. How do we really take the time we need to live, be present with our family and friends and keep work as work. Our challenge is, what is work life balance anymore?

What strategies have you seen developing in Australia & New Zealand over the past 6-12 months post pandemic to address health and wellbeing in the workplace?

More companies giving guidance around how we ‘flex’ to fit your life as we come out of government driven rules and into workplace ones. With rules being the opposite of flexibility it’s a real polarity on how we find that flow/balance for our health and wellbeing while still doing our roles. Another strategy we are seeing play out in New Zealand is more companies offering ‘wellness leave’ or ‘go-slow’ weeks to create space for people to take time off.

Why is employee wellbeing so important to you personally?

Well, ‘you can’t serve from an empty cup’ so making sure people have their own wellbeing in a good place is critical for all of those around them: family, friends, stakeholders, customers, teams.  It’s how we keep going and remain resilient in this ever changing world.

What are you most looking forward to about the Summit in November?

Hearing about all the cool things people are experimenting with, what worked, what didn’t and what did they learn. I’m partially interested in the stuff that ‘failed’ as there is so much great learning in that.

Tell us, what is your vision for the workplace of the future, in terms of employee engagement, health and wellbeing?

I imagine a (non physical) work environment where people are truly themselves, where the level of inclusion and psychological safety means that you can bring your whole self to work and you are safe to be that person.

What areas do you think employers should be focused on over the next 12-18 months?

Connection and collaboration – we seem to be spending more time talking about the work than doing, than the work, so there is real potential in working on how we work together e.g. collaborative teams v collaborative moments, why and when do we connect, clarity on role/involvement.

How has your organisation been leading the way?

A massive investment in our people’s leadership. Our entire senior Leadership team (40 leaders cross the business) have been through an extensive, bespoke for Trade Me, leadership program. It’s been an incredible experience which is enabling our leaders to be and lead the change we want to see.

Join us at the Wellbeing at Work Australia & New Zealand Summit between 8-10 November 2022 in Sydney, Melbourne and virtually and hear from Janna and over 50 expert speakers from across the world. Further details here.

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