Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW*) helps wellbeing managers to be change makers and to create better workplaces, together.
ROW is dedicated to helping wellbeing managers (what is a wellbeing manager?) to develop their professional expertise, access practical tools and resources, and network with peers and experts to meaningfully improve wellbeing in the workplace. We bring together experts and businesses to solve collective challenges and to share knowledge and experience.
Workplace Wellbeing Specialists
* Occasionally we’re asked how to pronounce the acronym ROW. Think of it as ‘row’, like rowing a boat in unison. It’s a great metaphor too!
With lived-experience of burnout and other mental health challenges – I know firsthand what a difference a supportive workplace can make.
Now is the time to act when it comes to wellbeing. We can’t afford to wait. If COVID-19 has taught us anything – it’s that those organisations that value and support their employees thrive the best. Working together as a proactive community, we are truly starting to shift the dial on employee health – mental, physical, social, and more.
As a wellbeing champion, now is your chance to step up as a leader and make a difference.
Together, we can achieve more and we’d love you to join us.
It starts with a single step – saying “Count me in, I’m ready to learn, share and connect”.
Sarah McGuinness, Founder & CEO, Revolutionaries of Wellbeing
Recent global events have given us all the time to reflect on what is important to us and what support we need in our workplaces, at home with our families, and in our communities. Here’s our story.
The early days
In early 2018, founder Sarah McGuinness was on a mission to interview 100 organisations around New Zealand to better understand the challenges of workplace wellbeing.
One conversation led to another and on Thursday 5 April 2018, something small but remarkable happened. Four Workplace Wellbeing Champions from NZ’s most recognizable brands met via Skype for the first time to trade stories, offer peer support and be part of a guest interview, hosted by Sarah.
Over time, word got out and the group grew organically. At the time, it was called the My Health Revolution Wellness Champions Network and after some trial and error, the group settled on 6-weekly meetings via Zoom.
The growing group
By early 2019, there were 40 wellbeing champions in the network and Sarah tentatively put out a couple of posts on LinkedIn, sharing the group’s existence on a public platform for the first time.
The champions were senior leaders, HR professionals, health and safety professionals, wellbeing specialists, and subject matter experts.
By late 2020, the group had grown to nearly 100 champions, including a few from overseas. By that time, guest interviews included author and clinical psychologist Dr Amy Silver and Dr Nathan Price at New Zealand Rugby, and interviews were recorded and turned into podcasts to support capability building (and ensure no one missed out!).
Day-to-day, Sarah was focused on her two businesses – My Health Revolution, a corporate wellbeing research and strategy consultancy, and Sarah McGuinness, a brand that provided information and resources to support mental fitness and self-care – and her mental health project Take Care.
Then COVID-19 hit.
Workplace Wellbeing Support
The world changes overnight
As the globe changed overnight, one thing became apparent – the champions in the network were some of the most instrumental people to how organisations coped with the unfolding crisis. The champions led mental health initiatives, enabled working from home, contributed to business continuity, and supported wellbeing in as many ways as they possibly could to ensure employees had the support they needed.
What they needed was wrap-around support themselves – and that formed the basis of a complete re-brand and refreshed focus for Sarah and the team. By mid-2020, the Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) was born. The name represented the passion and dedication of the people in the network – they are revolutionaries. There was no guidebook – and yet they were out there creating a better world.
Change for the better
As part of the rebrand, the Sarah McGuinness, Take Care and My Health Revolution brands were amalgamated and reform under one significantly improved offering – Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW). ROW was officially launched in September 2020.
With our new brand, ROW is dedicated to helping you, our fellow wellbeing leaders, who believe in and are passionate about building better workplaces to lead and drive positive change across industries and around the world.
Our mission is to develop the world’s wellbeing leaders – improving workplace wellbeing & improving employee wellbeing through a world class wellbeing program with workplace wellbeing experts. Together, we can create more humane, secure, and sustainable workplaces.
Our new offering comprises memberships to our community and our Workplace Wellbeing Store – the hub of Workplace Wellbeing Specialists.
Beyond the core ROW team, we have a revolutionary team of wellbeing experts who partner with us to deliver outstanding solutions. The experts are highly experienced and driving change in their respective areas.