Publicis Groupe AU partners with Facebook and Energx to help staff thrive

Publicis Groupe Australia is launching the ‘Thrive’ leadership program, in partnership with Facebook Australia and human performance company, Energx. Thrive, which launched as a pilot program to support its Melbourne staff during last year’s extended lockdown, has been further developed to focus on training an initial group of Australian and New Zealand Publicis managers.

Thrive is designed to take a data-led approach to devising team wellbeing plans to help prevent burnout, and also positively impact clients.


The announcement comes as Publicis Groupe announces that for the third year in a row, it will be taking a company-wide day off in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, 11 October, in support of World Mental Health Day.

Publicis Groupe Australia has also updated its mental health policy that includes new time in lieu guidelines; changing personal and carer’s leave to ‘wellbeing leave’ to reflect the need to support both people’s physical and mental health. Publicis has taken the additional step of not only signing onto the recommended standards set by industry organisation, Mentally Healthy Change Group, but formally incorporating them into its company policy to ensure they are embedded in its practices.

Publicis Groupe ANZ’s chief talent officer, Pauly Grant, said that based on the company’s ‘whole self’ philosophy, it creates programs and initiatives that are aligned to three pillars of wellbeing: supporting people mentally, physically, and financially.

“We have made a collective, ongoing effort to make mental wellbeing a top priority as part of our organisation and culture – not only for one day or one month but habitually, in support of our people. We aim to reflect change in a way that is genuinely seen and experienced by our people at different touch points.

“It has never been more important to have in place a holistic framework that starts with breaking down the stigma of mental illness by encouraging open conversations, preventing discrimination and victimisation, and facilitating people’s active participation in a range of initiatives that support their personal and professional development,” Grant added.


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