On average, people in full time work spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. Whilst employers have a legal requirement to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote mental and physical health. In so doing, they benefit from fostering a healthy work environment where their people are resilient and well.
UK national health-care expenditure is in excess of £100 Billion… a significant proportion of these costs are borne, by employers.
The workplace is an important setting for health protection, health promotion and disease prevention. The use of effective workplace programmes and policies can reduce health risks and improve quality of life for workers in the workplace and the community at large. We believe that many progressive businesses agree with and support the idea of shared responsibility between the state and the business community.
Our ‘mission’ therefore, is to provide leadership, expertise and practical help in turning this aspiration into a reality…
“One day all people of working age in the UK will be physically active. They will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity”
Our ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, by helping people develop resilience to the risks (both physical and mental) associated with running a business or working for a company.
For our vision to succeed, we will do our best educate and support individuals, businesses and leaders by assisting them to implement strategies and tactics that benefit their workforce. Our plan is to produce a set of policies, programmes and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in the workplace, that supports a physically active lifestyle for the benefit of each person at home and at work.
Far Reaching Benefits
Lack of physical activity is an important underlying health risk for NCD-related costs associated with reduced worker performance, however, the potential for business and industry to improve the level of physical activity at the workplace is strong.
According to data from World Bank, a staggering 89% of deaths in the UK are associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Healthy employees are your biggest asset when it comes to building a successful business, and evidence shows that businesses gain significantly positive results when we engage with employees at all levels – i.e. from the Managing Director to the sales team, delivery drivers and administrators.
By maintaining a healthier workforce you can lower direct costs such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims. It will also positively impact many indirect costs such as absenteeism, presenteeism and poor productivity.
The training modules ‘De-stress Behind the Wheel’ and ‘Sleep’ were very engaging, interesting and useful, giving myself and my drivers lots of tips and advice on how to manage personal stress levels in various life and workplace circumstances, and how to review your approach to your sleeping habits in order to promote better, higher quality sleep, improve personal health and work performance. I thoroughly recommend this training as an essential part of a company’s responsibility towards its ongoing driver wellbeing.
Jonathan’s ‘Resilience and Wellbeing Advice Clinic’ gave my employees practical tools to help them deal with the varying individual challenges that they face. They were really impressed by the amount of value they got in such a short space of time at the sessions.
Carlsberg UK, Human Resources
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Introducing Workplace Wellbeing
Coming from a background of delivery of fitness and weight loss programmes, we believe we have a rather unique, more holistic insight into what matters to people in terms of their health and fitness, and what works best. Simply put, we believe that happy and healthy employees make for better business and we want to work with companies who share that view, to introduce workplace practices that encourage and develop a more alert, energised and successful active business.
Avoiding Costly Mistakes
To help you understand our methods we have a 4-step process, which could help you avoid some costly mistakes.
Test & Adjust
Not unusual in itself but you may be surprised to learn that some very expensive mistakes could be avoided by following our 4 step process – for example:
Often the first suggestion is “Let’s build a gym” …it could be a good idea, but what if you spend a fortune finding the space, providing and maintaining several thousands of pounds worth of equipment, then have it supervised for safety, only to find that nobody uses it after the first few weeks?
Or you decide to provide life insurance for your key personnel – does that actually help the business if the worst comes to the worst?