Tech Nation 2016

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The 2016 Tech Nation report was released today, and things are looking good: the UK’s Digital Industries are growing 32% faster than the rest of the UK economy, and estimated turnover is £161 billion!

Nudjed is part of the South Wales tech cluster, and we were asked to give our thoughts on what it’s like to start and grow a business in this area. Obviously, we’re big fans; CEO Warren says:

There are lots of active, supportive communities of entrepreneurs. Organisations like Cardiff Start and Welsh ICE have been incredibly valuable to us and the Welsh Government is very supportive of new business, with various technology funds, tax incentives and graduate employment schemes designed to help startups to succeed.

You can read the full report at http://www.techcityuk.com/technation/

 

Corporate Health: Personal Development

Personal development is something that we often talk about in the workplace, but it’s easy to underestimate just how important it is. During our research, we discovered that personal development is a key factor in happiness – when we feel like we’re improving as a person, we feel happy and fulfilled.

And from an organisational point of view, multiple studies have shown that happy people are around 12% more productive!

In this blog you’ll find some great information on personal development, tips for putting your staff in control of their own development, and some suggestions for changes they might want to make.


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So what’s personal development all about, anyway? This article is a great resource to share with staff (especially newbies!), as it covers everything from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs through to practical steps for personal development.


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This great piece from HR Zone outlines a few simple steps you can take to create an encouraging environment where staff’s personal development is more self-directed. Could this help you to see better results?


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“Make the most of yourself…for that is all there is of you.”
This article contains 15 ways that you and/or your staff can become better people each day. Not all personal development has to be work-related!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

 

Corporate Health: Managing Caffeine

Getting better sleep is something that consistently comes top of health intentions in surveys we run – nobody feels like they’re getting enough Zz’s! In this blog, we look at one technique for improving the quality of your staff’s sleep: managing caffeine.

The majority of UK adults have some form of caffeine habit, whether it’s tea, coffee, or even sugary energy drinks. But drinking caffeinated drinks too late in the day can interfere with your ability to sleep properly, leading to a vicious cycle – the day after a night of bad sleep, you probably feel like you need even more caffeine to function properly!

In this blog you’ll find some vital information on the health effects of caffeine, some clever tricks for staying awake without caffeine, and some suggestions for alternatives to coffee that won’t mess with your sleep cycle.

Sweet dreams!


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Caffeine is seen as a much less serious drug than most others, but it’s highly addictive and is a model drug of dependence. This article outlines the effects it has on your health – share with your staff to raise awareness and get them to think twice about that next grande!


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This article from Lifehacker has suggestions that may help your staff to stay alert and productive without caffeine. Apparently, the key is to keep your senses stimulated – lots of bright light!


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The best way to ditch an unhealthy behaviour is to replace it with something else. This piece from Shape is full of suggestions for tasty alternatives to coffee that have a range of surprising health benefits. Why not provide some of these in your workplace?


Even if you can’t convince staff to kick their habit altogether, why not introduce a caffeine amnesty after 4pm? This will go a long way to helping everyone to sleep better.

Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Superfood Swaps

Many people these days are spending a lot of time in work. This means that they’re eating lunch, snacks, and possibly even breakfast or dinner at the workplace, so it’s important that companies create an awareness of healthy eating.

To help with this, GoCompare have recently teamed up with a registered dietician and influential health blogger – Nichola of Nic‘s Nutrition – to put together an example shopping list comparing ‘superfoods’ against ‘normal’ foods that have the same health benefits, but are cheaper to purchase.

The aim of the campaign is to show people that eating healthily doesn’t have to be expensive, and that there are plenty of options available outside of the marketing-led “superfood” blanket.

See the full infographic below, or watch the video here!


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Companies can use this information to promote a healthy attitude within their own workplaces. Encouraging a healthier lifestyle, and showing a consideration for an employee’s health, creates a positive and productive environment.

To learn more about how Nudjed could help you to create a happier, healthier workplace, visit get.nudjed.com/insights

Nudjed teams up with Run4Wales to transform the health of 100 novice runners

Welsh health-tech company publish results of project designed to help new runners to complete the Cardiff Half Marathon:

  • 96% exercising more frequently
  • 66% improved diet
  • 74% completed the race

 

In 2015, Cardiff-based health company Nudjed worked with Run4Wales on the 100 Club project. This was an initiative where 100 amateur runners were given free entry to the Cardiff Half Marathon and training support to help them to achieve their goals. The findings from this project have been published in a new white paper, outlining how collaboration between the two organisations allowed them to support significant, lasting changes in the health of the runners.

Following the project, 96% of the runners were exercising more frequently, 66% had improved their daily diet, and 74% managed to complete the Cardiff Half Marathon. They also reported feeling more positive, having more energy and getting better sleep. This was the result of a coordinated effort by Nudjed and Run4Wales including training sessions run by athlete James Thie, a digital communications campaign, and a supportive online community where the runners shared tips, encouragement and solutions to training issues.

James Thie, professional runner and performance coach, says: “It was an amazing opportunity to be part of the Run 4 Wales 100 Club, as so many on race day said how useful the seminar sessions had been. I have been delighted to see lots of the 100 Club have continued to run after the Cardiff Half Marathon and are now aiming for further achievements in the future.”

Nudjed are confident that this model of behavioural change, based on the Health Promotion Model, can be applied to other sports and could be key to getting inactive communities to engage with sports and physical activity. In 2016, Nudjed are working with the NHS in Wales on a project aiming to make women in the Heads of the Valleys area more physically active, with plans to expand the project if successful.

The full white paper, including information on campaign activities, outcomes, and secondary scientific research that supports the conclusions, is available to download at: http://get.nudjed.com/behavioural-change-white-paper/


 

For more information, visit http://nudjed.com/press or contact the Nudjed marketing team: press@nudjed.com

Corporate Health: Making Gradual Changes

Improving health in your workplace can seem like a daunting task – there are many areas that you could choose to focus on, but trying to improve everything at once is just setting yourself up for failure!

Using Nudjed Insights to prioritise the areas you should be addressing, you can create positive change using the principle of aggregation of marginal gains. To explain how it works, let’s take a look at how it successfully helped the British cycling team to become one of the best in the world.

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In 2010, Dave Brailsford faced a tough job.

No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team), Brailsford was asked to change that.

In 2012, Team Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. That same year, Brailsford coached the British cycling team at the 2012 Olympic Games and dominated the competition by winning 70 percent of the gold medals available.

So how did he achieve this? By making a series of small, incremental improvements. Brailsford realised that if he could find ways to make the team 1% better, those improvements would add up to a significant performance boost over time.

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Translating this to health in the workplace, it’s clear that making a series of small changes can add up to something really impressive. If you find the marginal gains in your organisation and manage to make just a 1% additional improvement in each quarter, you’ll see a significant impact on your bottom line over the course of a year.

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To find out more about how Nudjed could help you to improve health and wellbeing in your organisation, visit nudjed.com or drop us a line: hello@nudjed.com

Corporate Health: Better Relationships

Good interpersonal relationships are one of the most important factors in mental wellbeing, with studies showing that not having close personal relationships is as big a health risk as smoking or obesity.

In this blog, you’ll find articles on why good relationships are so important, and techniques you can use to improve interpersonal relations in your workplace.

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Action for Happiness is a movement of people dedicated to creating a happier, more caring society.

They recognise that connecting with other people is key to a happy, fulfilling life – here’s their rundown of why it’s so important, with links to suggestions for improving your relationships. They also have a range of posters and resources for creating a more supportive environment in your own workplace, like the one above!


 

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Brené Brown is a researcher that studies human connection. In this TED talk she discusses the importance of vulnerability, empathy and honesty for building healthy, fulfilling relationships – why not share the video with your team to start a conversation about communication?


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This great article from Fast Company outlines the 7 key habits that you and your staff should cultivate to start building better relationships. This advice can apply to pretty much any relationship in your life!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Swimming

Swimming is a great way to stay in shape – it’s suitable for almost anybody, works out your whole body, and isn’t dependent on the weather. No excuses!

You know by now that staying physically active has a whole host of benefits that carry over into a business environment, so why not incentivise your team to hit the pool?

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This article from Berkeley Wellness outlines all of the health benefits of swimming, and the advantages it has as a low-impact activity. Share with your staff to encourage them to get wet!


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Swimming.org is a great online hub that contains pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about swimming in the UK. Their poolfinder is a great online tool that your staff can use to find the most convenient place to swim!


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This article from the NHS is full of tips and advice for those that are new to swimming. It’s really one of the most accessible activities, so share this piece with staff members that are a bit unsure!


 

Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Healthier Main Meals

Often, the easiest way to improve your health is to make minor changes to your normal routine – and encouraging your staff to make small changes is a lot more likely to work than asking them to completely overhaul their diet!

In this blog you’ll find information on healthier cooking, some great suggestions for impressive meals, and some services that make it all a bit easier. Enjoy!


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Sometimes, the easiest way to make a meal healthier is to switch out the cooking method – grilling instead of frying, for example. This Nudjed blog has the lowdown on various different cooking methods and how healthy they are – share this info with your staff as a quick win!


 

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Next time you or your staff are cooking a special meal, why not go for a healthier recipe, like one of these delicious options from Jamie Oliver? An impressive, tasty meal doesn’t necessarily need loads of salt, sugar and fat!


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Riverford Veg is a service that delivers fresh, organic fruits and vegetables straight to your door – making it easier than ever to cook healthy meals. Why not look into getting deliveries from this (or a similar service) to your workplace and encourage staff to join in?


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

 

 

Corporate Health: Eating for Better Energy

We often think of sleep as the only thing that affects our energy levels, but our diet is just as important.

This blog looks at the types of food your staff should be eating to stay alert – you could even consider updating your cafeteria menu!


One of the most important things that controls how energetic you feel is your blood sugar. Our blog covers what it is, how to regulate it, and why it’s important for your staff to make sure they’re getting slow-release energy from complex carbs. Share the article with your staff, or use this NHS guide to the energy diet to improve your workplace food offerings!


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Let’s take a quick trip to Australia, shall we? Unfortunately we won’t actually get any sunshine, but we can at least use the Australian government’s handy Energy Requirements Calculator. Just have your staff enter some basic details, and they can find out exactly how many calories they need to keep themselves properly fuelled for the day.


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This BBC Good Food guide is full of simple tips your staff could try to ensure that the food they eat is keeping them energetic throughout the day. A great one to share internally!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights.