Australian Network on Disability embraces our ‘Quiet Zone’

Thu 16 September 2021

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Image: The AND team’s favourite activities during the Quiet Zone.


At the Australian Network on Disability (AND), we priortise well-being in all that we do. With our offices across New South Wales and Victoria working from home, we have implemented a new way of working to support our staff in bringing their best selves to work.

From 12pm to 2pm daily, we are supporting our employees to embrace and practice a “quiet zone.” We know that working from home can sometimes blur the lines between work life and homelife. We know this means more screen and ultimately, screen fatigue.

Australian Network on Disability is encouraging our employees to take these two hours a day to step away from the screen, focus on well-being, and proactively manage workloads. 

During these two hours, our employees are encouraged to do what works best for them. This may be planning out priorities for their workload on pen and paper, exercising, spending time with family, reading or even cooking. Stepping away from the screen allows for additional time for thinking, innovation and well-being.

Half-way through our trial month of the Quiet Zone, our team has found relief and gratitude in those calm hours.

“When I logged off at midday that first day – and went for a swim! – It felt like a weight was lifted. It’s so wonderful to have leadership support for our wellbeing.” – Emma Henningsen, Relationship Manager

Since the Quiet Zone was implemented, I have gone for lunchtime runs, walks with friends, read in the sun and enjoyed long lunches with my housemates. The opportunity to break up the day has not only meant I am spending less time on a screen, but I am more mindful of how I use my working hours and feeling more productive,”- Rosie Lane, Programs Coordinator

As leaders we are always trying to find a way to bring out the best in our people. The response to the quiet zone was a hit. Everyone has responded positively to the initiative with demonstrable gains in energy and productivity. I could not have imagined that this initiative would have such a significant impact.” – Corene Strauss, CEO.

AND has thought out of the box and tried a new way of working with great results. Whilst less hours in front of the computer, output has been maintained and productivity on the hours at the desk increased.

If you’re looking for ways to support your team member’s health and wellbeing during this difficult period, view our wellbeing in the workplace article.

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