Corporate Health: Being More Organised

One major thing that contributes to stress is disorganisation. If you don’t know what’s happening from one day to the next, and can’t keep track of tasks, goals and plans, it’s easy to be blindsided by a big deadline or event that you’d forgotten about.

Being more organised in the workplace will help your staff to plan and complete projects and tasks more effectively, making them more productive and far less stressed out. Stress affects both physical and mental health, so minimising perceived pressure can help you to create a happier, healthier team.


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This article from Unclutterer lays out the benefits of being more organised. Use this to spot patterns in your staff’s development meetings: if they mention that they feel overwhelmed, are worried about their work:life balance or find that they have too many little tasks popping up, they may benefit from support to be more organised.


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(The Guardian)

This piece from the Guardian is full of practical suggestions for improving organisation in the workplace, from effective planning to decluttering desks. This is a great resource for making changes with little to no budget!


 

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For those that are chronically disorganised, Tech Times has this rundown of the best personal assistant apps to help you run your life. Many of them are free, and are available on iOS and Android.


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. 

 

 

Guest Blog: How To Get Company Buy-In For Your Wellbeing Programme

In this guest blog, Back In Action UK share their insights on how to secure whole company buy-in for your proposed health and wellbeing programme.


Many options are available for companies that are looking to improve performance and decrease absence in the workplace through well-being programs.

Ultimately, the results of these programs will dictate not just their success, but how viable they will be to run in the future.

There are two key areas that will dictate the success of your campaign:

  • Board level buy-in
  • Whole business buy-in

To get both the board and the company to buy-in to your program are two completely separate challenges. This blog will explore how you need to approach both challenges in a different way, and demonstrate what you need to drive a successful well-being program.


Board Level Buy-in

One of the challenges involved in the successful implementation of well-being programs is around getting board level buy-in. This can prove difficult unless you have effective evaluation methods in place to demonstrate a clear ROI.

So how exactly does one get board level buy-in?

The key to getting the board to buy in to your well-being program is to make a clear and concise business case based on facts and figures that will demonstrate the return that the business is likely to receive from its investment.

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While it can be tempting to look at softer metrics such as employee happiness, it’s only by truly understanding the cost and productivity benefits in cold pounds and pence that you will be able to convince the board of the viability of a wellbeing program.

Demonstrate a Strong ROI

Delivering an ROI value you can take back to the board as an effective evaluation of a wellbeing program gives HR managers and team leaders a valuable tool in proving the worth of the investment. It’s a crucial step therefore in getting the board to buy-in.

In support of this an excerpt from the CIPD report: Growing the health and well-being agenda: From first steps to full potentialis below.

“Although the core premise for investing in employee wellbeing is universal, how we craft and communicate the ‘business case’ for employers to take action on health and wellbeing needs to be organisation-specific. This requires a more sophisticated and nuanced perspective which takes into account your organisation’s current perspective and stakeholder priorities. Fostering good health and wellbeing across the workforce simply makes good business sense.”

Additionally, in our eGuide summarising what we felt were the top ten takeaways from the report, we included the below on evaluation which is the first step in measuring ROI:

Evaluation matters. Too few wellbeing programs are evaluated to deliver an ROI value HR can take back to the board. With regard to what to evaluate, the report states (citation p.19) that: ‘Evaluation methods should capture critical aspects of participation as well as measuring both short- and long-term strategic aims of the wellness programme.’ Evaluation is key, and you need to evaluate your well-being program to get the most out of it.”

Understanding how to deliver a positive ROI is the key to getting board level buy-in.


Business Level Buy-in

In order to drive a positive ROI and get management on board with your wellbeing program, you’ll have to get the rest of the company to react positively to any changes that you’re looking to implement. This is the key to driving the results of your program and ultimately what will deliver a positive ROI.

To drive organisational wellbeing, the whole business needs to buy in. The workplace environment is in itself, a key part of promoting wellbeing and providing self worth. By enjoying our work, the report states that we take roughly half the time off work sick that we would otherwise (citation p.14). Wellbeing and employee engagement are mutually enforcing, and for success to be reached, the whole business needs to buy into health & wellbeing as a concept.

In addition, the supporting CIPD document itself says:

“The CIPD believes that to truly achieve a healthy workplace an employer needs to ensure that its culture, leadership and people management are the bedrock on which to build a fully integrated wellbeing approach. Wellbeing initiatives that are introduced in isolation are likely to be met with cynicism by employees, dropped when budgets are tight and never seen as more than an add-on gesture if these firm foundations are not in place.”

To generate the results that will drive ROI, the whole business needs to be on board with your well-being program.


In conclusion, driving the success of any wellbeing program centres around two key areas:

  1. Board level buy-in – understand the impact to the business of your well-being program and demonstrate how it will make a return on investment.
  2. Business level buy-in – present your well-being program to the company in a way that shows you are looking out for them. Look to remove scepticism and get the business excited about your initiative to drive the results that will generate your ROI.

How to Get Started

When it comes to deciding on which wellbeing program to choose for your organisation, as ROI is so often a factor, this makes sense as a good starting point. To this end there is ample evidence as to the ROI of choosing occupational physiotherapy to reduce organisational absence and increase wellbeing. And to get you started, BIA UK has created a bespoke ROI calculator you can access here to estimate the ROI value of our service to your organisation.

Additionally, we have compiled approximate ROI values of other programs in our eGuide: How to Reduce the Effect of MSDs on Your Absenteeism Rates – download it here.


Takeaways:

  • Two levels of buy-in are required to make your wellbeing program work
  • Learn to speak the language of the board and demonstrate the facts and figures that will show how your program will benefit the company
  • Get the wider business excited about the personal benefits that your wellbeing program will bring to individuals within the business, and get the wider buy-in that will drive results.

You can also download our free eGuide that summarises what we feel are the top 10 takeaways from the recent CIPD report, “Growing the health and wellbeing agenda: From first steps to full potential.”

Download your copy here.


Back in Action UK are a national specialist occupational physiotherapy company. They provide physiotherapy and related services to many corporate clients throughout the UK and work closely with many occupational health companies and physicians who refer to them for their specialist knowledge and services.

Corporate Health: Improving Your Environment to Boost Happiness

A key component of happiness and wellbeing is influencing the environment around you. This can take many forms – decorations, music, scents, even the people you’re surrounded with. When you’re uncomfortable with your surroundings, or you feel like you have no options, it can take a toll on your happiness.

In the workplace, happier people are more productive, so allowing staff to have some influence over their environment is a quick and easy way to boost morale.


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Action For Happiness is an organisation dedicated to making people happier in everyday life. This collection of resources is full of reasons to create a happier environment at work, ideas about where to start, and tools to help you along the way.


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This article from Inc has a range of simple suggestions for changes you can make to improve mood in your office. The key here is choice though, so why not allow your staff to choose what changes they’d like to make using a survey or suggestion box?


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One way your staff might like to brighten up their workspace is with a craft project. Real Happy Space have some great projects to start you off, but there are many, many more online. You could even run a team-building day where the whole staff takes part in creating something!\


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: Monitoring Energy Levels

One of the most common problems reported through our Insights survey is that people feel they don’t have enough energy to get through the day. There are lots of reasons that could be behind this, and monitoring your energy levels can help you to understand what’s making you so tired, and how you can change it.

Staff that are energised are happier and more productive, so figuring out what’s making them sluggish can have fantastic results in the workplace!

Once they’ve figured that out, why not check out our guides to getting better sleep and eating for better energy?


 

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.40.20This article from Lifehack looks at a simple way to get to know your own energy cycles through the day, and gives advice on planning your day so that you’re doing activities at the optimal time. This is a great place to start with your staff that are having energy issues.


 

For those who have a more serious or long-term problem with tiredness, ManageMyFatigue is a great app that helps individuals to manage their day, build on success, and feel more energised. It’s available on iOS and Android.


Fluctuating energy levels throughout the month can also be a symptom of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Clue is a cycle tracking app that measures energy levels among other factors, which can help users to identify patterns. In this blog, the makers explain why they track energy levels, and how it can help women.


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: Workout At Work

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We previously teamed up with GoCompare to bring you information on alternatives to pricey superfoods, which you can read here. This time around, the team have put together a great resource looking at easy exercises you can do in the office! In their own words:

Many of us spend the vast majority of our working day sat down at a desk, even though we know how bad it is for our health. But if your office doesn’t have facilities or space for equipment, or you don’t have time to go to the gym at lunch, you probably think that staying on top your fitness at the workplace is a lost cause.

Well, my fitness-seeking friends, I can assure you that it’s not! Gocompare has put together an interactive of fun, yet discreet, exercises to help you stay fit and healthy while at your desk – no dumbbells or membership required.

There’s also a handy video full of tips for eating healthy. Now go forth and beat that sedentary lifestyle for good!

You can find the new resource here – including tips for cardio, stretches, and toning exercises, along with handy illustrations. Why not share it around your office, and get everybody to boost their fitness?

Corporate Health: Encourage Your Staff To Start Cycling

With the weather taking a turn for the better, there’s no better time to encourage your staff to boost their health by cycling to work, rather than taking the car. Regular cycling increases cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones and can even improve posture and coordination!

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If your staff are new to cycling but are interested in getting started, British Cycling have got a wide range of resources that could help – from route planners, to guided local rides, to a social network connecting cyclists of all abilities.


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For more experienced cyclists that want to improve their performance, there are loads of great apps about that can add an extra dimension to your ride. This piece from Cycling Weekly runs through 15 of the best, including performance trackers, bike hire systems and even a way to report potholes!


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If you’re really keen to get your staff cycling, why not consider implementing a Cycle To Work scheme? Government funding means that you can help employees to buy a new bike, or necessary accessories, tax-free – which means a saving of up to 42%. Find out more here.


 

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: 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

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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