Award Categories


The Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award recognises outstanding strategies and initiatives promoting the health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace.

Award Criteria

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Engagement and Productivity

The initiative has led to increased engagement and productivity at work.

Engagement survey results prior to and as a result of the initiative.

Demonstrated increase in productivity that can be linked to the initiative.

Wellbeing Personal/ professional wellbeing initiatives are a key component of the organisation's people management strategy.

Evidence of initiative embedded in current/ future people management strategy.

Details of budget/ hours/ resources committed to the initiative.

Concrete examples of the initiative being implemented within the organisation, i.e. scheduling of activities, feedback from employees, newsletters/ other communication announcing initiative components.

Positive Psychology The initiative endorses/ encompasses the utilisation of positive psychology tools, such as assessment of strengths, engagement exercises and flow building.

Scheduling documents, attendance records, participant materials and/or feedback collected from assessment tools, engagement exercises etc.

Documentation of planning, scheduling, conducting, assessing, reporting and embedding of activities, processes and tools contributing to employee engagement, happiness, satisfaction and/or wellbeing within the organisation.

Community The outcomes of the initiative include benefits extending beyond the organisation, and can be used to educate others. Evidence that the initiative or outcomes of the initiative are being shared/ used outside of the organisation/ across industry i.e. newsletters, training, representation.


Innovation The initiative is based on/ incorporates a new approach to addressing the specific challenge the organisation is facing. Details of how initiative came about – strategy sessions minutes/ surveys/ research etc, i.e. planning minutes, analysis conducted, research carried out, early versions of initiative tabled.
Impact, Measurement and Outcomes The program or initiative has addressed the challenge, achieved the desired outcomes and/or positively impacted on the business.

Evidence of improvements and outcomes identifiable as resulting from the program/ initiative.

Stakeholder surveys conducted pre/post initiative being introduced i.e. climate survey results, engagement survey results, survey specifically relating to initiative.

Budget implications of initiative i.e. cost savings/ increased revenue as a result of initiative.

Reporting on initiative results to employees/ board etc. i.e. board paper, newsletter.

Strategic Business Alignment The program or initiative is aligned with organisational purpose and addresses strategic or business goals of the organisation.

Evidence of how program is aligned to strategic/ business goals/ organisational purpose i.e. organisational strategy, specific business goals, meeting minutes.

Sustainable The outcomes achieved are sustainable and/or replicable.

Evidence that initiative is being rolled out in other areas of the organisation i.e. implementation plan/ scheduling.

Plans for ongoing use of the initiative i.e. implementation plan/schedule, training, expansion plans.

Results of repeated implementation of initiative i.e. incorporation into policy/ procedure/ business.