This year, We Print will take a slightly different format with a full day business event running in Auckland at the Novotel Ellerslie on July 3.
This open forum invites members and non-members to register. Registration opens next week. Please call Lauren on 04 237 0482 or 021 848 184 if you have any queries in the meantime
We Print organisers have lined up speakers pertinent for today’s business environment, covering topics specifically requested by industry. Leading the line-up, keynote speaker and New Zealander of the Year Mike King will deliver a session called ‘The Serious Business of Depression’ specifically tailored for the print industry.
Research in Britain, published in 2007, estimates the cost to employers of mental health problems among staff in Britain at £1035 ($2037) for every employee. New Zealand businesses also face significant costs due to mental health conditions in the workplace.
These business costs comprise sickness absence, reduced productivity, work place accidents and replacing staff who leave because of mental illness. The Ministry of Health estimates that Just under 50 per cent of New Zealanders will experience mental illness or addiction issues at some time in their lives, with one in five people affected every one year.
Workwise, which helps people facing personal or health challenges to return to or stay in employment says about 40 per cent of people off work nationwide can attribute that to a mental health condition, including people on sickness benefits and income replacement insurance.
A recent study by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, found that simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, should enable employers to save 30 per cent or more of these costs.
A big challenge facing the business sector involves making it okay for employees to come forward and get help. Often depressed employees will not seek treatment because they fear the effect it will have on their job prospects and the stigma associated with mental illness.
We Print organisers say everyone who attends the event should leave better informed and better equipped to deal with the many issues we face on a daily basis.
What:        We Print 2019
Where:      Novotel Ellerslie, Auckland
When:       July 3
Contact:     Phone Lauren on 04 237 0482 or 021 848 184

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