As a brand that has always promoted happiness and enjoyment, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) hopes to effectively convey the same value and work principle for its internal customers. Thus, when the CCA NSW HR team noticed increased frequency of significant mental health issues that affected employees’ performances, they immediately took action.

Together with the CCA Workers Compensation, Health, Safety & Wellbeing team and in conjunction with industry partner Aon Hewitt, the HR team developed and implemented a Healthy Minds at Work program. Training material was quickly developed, and local senior leaders were approached to help fund and facilitate training towards the end of 2016, even though it coincided with the company’s peak operational period. The training was initially conducted for all metro-based leaders in Sydney, but was shortly extended to two-thirds of all leaders across all teams. The HR team has received positive feedback for the program, with some leaders reporting that they have been able to apply their learning and skills within 24 hours of receiving training.