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16 awards, one big goal: thriving mentally-healthy workplaces.

We’ve tried to create a diverse range of awards, all aimed at showcasing and accelerating the incredible work that is happening to improve mental health within New Zealand workplaces.  This year’s HeadFit Awards are broken into three divisions:

  • Individual Awards
  • Programme and Excellence Awards
  • Workplace Awards

We have also designed specific award categories aimed at recognising and supporting positive change in key areas such as neurodiversity inclusion, learning and development and staff engagement.

Individual Awards

Recognising individuals who are demonstrating leadership in workplace mental health.

Programme & Excellence

Recognising excellence in the design and delivery of specific workplace mental health programmes.

Workplace awards

Recognising excellence in improving workplace mental health for particular workplace types.

Awards categories.

The HeadFit Awards categories are set out below, including eligibility rules. If you have questions about the awards categories, please check the FAQ as we’ve tried to cover off most of the common questions there.

Individual awards.

Individual Awards are intended to recognise the great work being performed within Kiwi workplaces by individual staff.

Awards categories in this division are not open to external consultants and workplace mental health service providers.

Recognising an individual in a formal HR, Health & Safety, Wellbeing or Diversity & Inclusion role who has demonstrated excellence and leadership in workplace mental health.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving mental health in the workplace
- authenticity and/or vulnerability in their work to improve mental health at work
- courage and leadership in presenting new ideas, overcoming obstacles and influencing key stakeholders
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a scalable and sustainable positive impact on mental health in the workplace
- an inclusive approach that values diversity fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among staff of different backgrounds
- innovation and creativity in developing, implementing and improving workplace mental health initiatives and programmes

Eligibility and other requirements:
- The nominee must be employed in a formal HR, Health & Safety, Wellbeing or Diversity & Inclusion role

Category sponsor:
All About People

Recognising an individual staff member or manager who has gone above and beyond to help improve mental health within the workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving mental health in the workplace
- authenticity and/or vulnerability in their work to improve mental health at work
- courage and leadership in presenting new ideas, overcoming obstacles and influencing key stakeholders
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a significant positive impact on mental health in the workplace (eg. stigma reduction; awareness raising; mental health conversations; improving knowledge, skills and confidence; improving staff engagement; improving team or workplace culture)
- an inclusive approach that values diversity fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among staff of different backgrounds
- innovation and creativity in their approach to improving mental health at work

Eligibility and other requirements:
- The nominee may be an individual employee or people manager who is not a senior leader in the workplace (eg. director, CEO, direct report of CEO)

Category sponsor:
ANZCO Foods

Recognising an individual with lived experience of neurodiversity, mental illness or mental distress, who has demonstrated leadership by role modelling, reducing stigma and driving positive mental health conversations.

What we mean by "neurodiversity":
Neurodiversity is a diverse range natural variations in the human brain which can affect how someone thinks, communicates, learns and reacts. Although some of these variations are formally identified as neurological conditions (eg. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, intellectual disability, and Tourette syndrome), Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that includes both conditions that are life-long and those that can develop throughout life, including acquired illness and brain injury.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving mental health in the workplace
- authenticity and/or vulnerability in their work to improve mental health at work, including by safely sharing their lived experience to reduce stigma, raise awareness and support a positive workplace culture around mental health
- courage and leadership in sharing their lived experience in a safe and supportive way for the benefit of others
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a significant positive impact on mental health in the workplace (eg. stigma reduction; awareness raising; mental health conversations; improving knowledge, skills and confidence; improving staff engagement; improving team or workplace culture)
- an inclusive approach that values diversity fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among staff of different backgrounds
- innovation and creativity in their approach to improving mental health at work

Category sponsor:
PwC New Zealand

Recognising a senior leader at work (eg. director, CEO, direct report of CEO) who has demonstrated leadership in improving mental health within their workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving mental health in the workplace
- authenticity and/or vulnerability in their work to improve mental health at work
- courage and leadership in championing and supporting workplace mental health within the workplace ,including influencing key stakeholders and using their senior leadership position to positively influence the organisation's culture and approach to workplace mental health (eg. influencing and leading workplace mental health vision, strategy, values, policy and prioritisation; executive sponsorship of key workplace programmes or initiatives)
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a significant positive impact on mental health in the workplace (eg. stigma reduction; awareness raising; mental health conversations; improving knowledge, skills and confidence; improving staff engagement; improving team or workplace culture)
- an inclusive approach that values diversity fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among staff of different backgrounds
- innovation and creativity in their approach to improving mental health at work

Eligibility and other requirements:
- The nominee must be in a senior leadership role (eg. director, CEO, direct report of CEO)

Category sponsor:
Russell McVeagh

This lifetime achievement award recognises an individual who has devoted much of their working life to improving workplace mental health in New Zealand.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving mental health in the workplace, over a significant portion of their working life
- authenticity and/or vulnerability in their work to improve mental health at work
- courage and leadership in championing and supporting workplace mental health within the workplace
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a significant positive impact on mental health in the workplace (eg. stigma reduction; awareness raising; mental health conversations; improving knowledge, skills and confidence; improving staff engagement; improving team or workplace culture)
- an inclusive approach that values diversity fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among staff of different backgrounds
- innovation and creativity in their approach to improving mental health at work

Eligibility and other requirements:
- Self-nomination is not permitted for this awards category
- Please do not advise the nominee that they have been nominated
- Because of the nature of this award, it will be given to a person who is in the later stages of their working life
- The judges may hold nominations over for
consideration in future years

Category sponsor:
AIA Vitality

Programme and excellence awards.

Programme and Excellence Awards are intended to recognise workplace mental health initiatives that are being conducted within an individual workplace for the benefit of its staff.

Awards categories in this division are not open to external consultants and workplace mental health service providers, although their solutions and services may feature in a workplace’s entry.

Recognising a new workplace mental health programme that is showing significant potential to improve mental health within the workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have developed a recent a recent programme or initiative that demonstrates:
- a significant potential to improve an workplace mental health within the organisation
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds

Eligibility and other requirements:
- This programme must have been established within the 18 month period ending on 30 June 2021.

Category sponsor:
nib New Zealand

Recognising a workplace mental health programme demonstrating significant positive mental health impacts for a targeted group of staff.

This may be staff with any distinguishing characteristic or trait, including staff with a particular role type, gender or gender identity, age, ethnicity, nationality, physical appearance, disability, neurodiversity or thinking style, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background or family status.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have developed a programme or initiative that demonstrates the following for the target group:
- a significant potential to improve an workplace mental health for the target group
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented in a way that might allow for it to be expanded or adapted more broadly across the organisation

Category sponsor:
The Warehouse Group

Recognising leadership in designing and implementing workplace policies and practices that welcome and support staff with neurodiversity or mental health conditions.

What we mean by "neurodiversity":
Neurodiversity is a diverse range natural variations in the human brain which can affect how someone thinks, communicates, learns and reacts. Although some of these variations are formally identified as neurological conditions (eg. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, intellectual disability, and Tourette syndrome), Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that includes both conditions that are life-long and those that can develop throughout life, including acquired illness and brain injury.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have designed and implemented workplace neurodiversity and mental health policies and practices demonstrating:
- a significant potential to improve the organisation's approach to welcoming and supporting staff with neurodiversity or mental health conditions
- a holistic approach that has regard to the full employee lifecycle, including attraction, recruitment, onboarding, development and retention
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health and on employee experience for staff with neurodiversity and mental health conditions
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills, and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds

Category sponsor:
HeadFit Foundation

Recognising the outstanding use of technology or innovation to improve workplace mental health outcomes and culture.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have used technology or innovation to improve mental health at work and who have demonstrated:
- a significant potential to improve an workplace mental health within the organisation
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds

Category sponsor:
Xero

Recognising excellence in the design and delivery of learning resources and programmes aimed at improving mental health awareness and capability.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have developed a learning resources and programmes that demonstrate:
- a significant potential to improve an workplace mental health within the organisation
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds

Category sponsor:
EMA

Recognising excellence in engaging and communicating with staff in relation to mental health within the workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who have worked to engage and communicate with staff regarding mental health in a way that demonstrates:
- support and enhancement of the relevant workplace mental health programmes and initiatives
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- a significant potential to improve an workplace mental health within the organisation
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- good alignment with the organisation's values, strategy and organisational priorities
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds

Category sponsor:
Benestar

Workplace awards.

Workplace Awards are intended to recognise workplaces that are demonstrating excellence and leadership in the area of mental health.

Except for the Provider of the Year category, awards in this division are not open to external consultants and workplace mental health service providers (although their solutions and services may feature in a workplace’s entry).

Recognising an external provider of workplace EAP services, technology solutions, consulting or training services that has demonstrated innovation, leadership and positive impact in improving mental health within New Zealand workplaces.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate the following in their work to improve workplace mental health within client organisations:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving workplace mental health
- development and implementation of effective workplace mental health strategies
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that empowers staff, improves organisational capability and fosters a strong workplace culture
- broad support across the client workplaces, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that can be effectively implemented across a broad range of workplaces of differing organisation sizes, industries, work types, staff demographics and geographic spreads

Category sponsor:
Ember Innovations

Recognising an employer with up to 200 employees that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who, having regard to the smaller size of the workplace, demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving workplace mental health
- development, implementation and/or support of clear and compelling workplace mental health strategies
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different, locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds
- the use of the organisation's brand and sphere of influence to share knowledge and promote awareness of the business benefits of improved workplace mental health outside the organisation (eg. across an industry, sector or the wider community)

Category sponsor:
Spark

Recognising an employer with over 200 employees that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving workplace mental health
- development, implementation and/or support of clear and compelling workplace mental health strategies
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different, locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds
- the use of the organisation's brand and sphere of influence to share knowledge and promote awareness of the business benefits of improved workplace mental health outside the organisation (eg. across an industry, sector or the wider community)

Category sponsor:
Ministry of Health

Recognising a public sector workplace that has demonstrated leadership, innovation and impact in improving mental health within its workplace.

Criteria:
The judges will be looking for nominees who demonstrate:
- exceptional motivation and commitment to improving workplace mental health
- development, implementation and/or support of clear and compelling workplace mental health strategies
- collaborative engagement and effective communication with key stakeholders and staff
- cutting edge evidence-based thinking, innovation and creativity
- qualitative and quantitative positive impacts on workplace mental health at the individual, team and organisational level
- a sustainable, scalable approach that identifies and addresses workplace mental health risks, empowers staff, improves skills and capability and fosters a strong workplace mental health culture
- broad support across the workplace, including among senior management, people managers and staff
- an inclusive approach that values diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion
- an adaptive, flexible, iterative approach that is implemented effectively across the organisation to staff across different, locations, levels of seniority, experience, work type and demographic backgrounds
- the use of the organisation's brand and sphere of influence to share knowledge and promote awareness of the business benefits of improved workplace mental health outside the organisation (eg. across an industry, sector or the wider community)

Category sponsor:
Woo Wellbeing

Recognising the organisation that the judges consider has demonstrated the greatest degree of leadership, excellence and positive impact relating to mental health within the workplace.

Entries are not directly submitted for this award category. The winner will be selected from the winners of the Programme and Excellence Awards and Workplace Awards.

Category sponsor:
WorkSafe

Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner Tickets

All remaining tickets for the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner are now available for purchase, up to a maximum total ticket allocation of 10 tickets per organisation.

There are currently only 32 tickets remaining, and these can be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis. Order now.

Principal Sponsor
WorkSafe
Sponsors
AIA VitalityAll About People
ANZCO FoodsBenestar
Business Leaders' Health & Safety ForumEmployers & Manufacturers Association
Ember InnovationsMentemia
Ministry of Health
PwC New ZealandRussell McVeagh
SparkThe Warehouse Group
Whittaker'sWoo Wellbeing
Xero
Selected Category Sponsor opportunities are still available. Please visit the sponsorship page for more details or contact us to request a sponsorship prospectus.
Charity Partner
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Event Delivery Partners
Awards Trophy & Engraving ExpertsCreative Eye
Dave Simpson PhotographyMatley Chartered Accountants
Edwards Sound, Lighting & AVOutspoken
Sorrento in the Park
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