Workplace Wellbeing Champions

Building a Wellbeing Champions Network – Q&A with Crossrail

When it comes to building workplace wellbeing, harnessing the resource of your people through a Wellbeing Champions Network is a tried and tested way to drive the long-term sustainability and impact of your wellbeing strategy. We spoke to Christina Butterworth, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist at Crossrail about working with Robertson Cooper in setting up a Wellbeing Champions network. What were the reasons for deciding to set up a Champions Network…

The Future of Work

 The Future of Work as the Context of the Future of Wellbeing We all know the world of work is changing, but what does the future look like? At the Good Day at Work Conversation 2017, our line-up of experts delved into the future of work and what it means for wellbeing.   Here are our top four take-outs from the day in bitesize form.   Demand for Better Work Spaces   Better working physical environments emerged as a real priority for the future of workplace wellbeing, with…

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2017: a big year for workplace wellbeing

Sir Cary Cooper and Ben Moss in conversation Our Founding Director Cary Cooper and MD Ben Moss were having lunch just before Christmas and found themselves chatting about the year that’s just passed in workplace wellbeing… and what’s to come in 2017. They didn’t agree on everything, but there was one thing that they were both convinced of: 2017 will be the year of the Wellbeing Strategy. Here’s why: Making it cultural Cary Cooper: I’m convinced we’ve now hit the tipping point with wellbeing…

The PM puts mental health at the top of YOUR agenda

This week, PM Theresa May announced an overhaul of the nation’s mental health; focusing on removing the stigma and providing more access to treatment for all, but especially for Britain’s children and adolescents. She is also asking employers to take action, announcing mental illness prevention as a top priority for employers. In her speech she said that, “mental illness… destroys lives. Changing this goes right to the heart of our humanity”. We only have to watch our partners at The…

Presents of presence

We spoke recently about the festive season and how mindfulness can help us cope during this typically busy period. Taking time out to refocus our energy is terrific for our own mental health, but how are we when it comes to considering the needs of our loved ones? While we’re racing about at work, shopping cooking, decorating and managing events – are we actually giving our loved ones what they want most? Our undivided attention and presence? Are we unintentionally sending a signal…

The problem with multitasking

While you’re reading this, what else are you doing? Own up - Are you walking somewhere, eating your lunch, on a conference call, in a meeting, checking Facebook alerts…? How many tabs are open on your computer? Nowadays, we defer so much to keeping an eye on things, that we have become very distractible. The ability to have, hold and find information, anywhere at anytime means that we are more often than not, used to multi-tasking and concentrating on several things at one time. Busy…

Why do we get annoyed at work?

How do you feel at work when people don’t replace the shared milk? Or don’t clean up after using the staff kitchen? How do you feel when your colleague hums or constantly sniffs all day? Do you secretly rage at those who take loud personal calls near your desk? For many, simply just reading this, is enough to bring resentment, anger and irritation bubbling to the surface…And you’re not alone. These are just some of the common everyday office activities that cause irritation and anger in…

Movember 2017

Our MD Ben Moss has transformed from fresh-faced to hipster in less than a month! As the month of the Mo’ rolls to an end, it’s to time to compare the facial hair and dig deep for men’s health. While there are obvious mo-benefits—looking sharp, keeping that upper-lip warm—the main aim of the game is to raise awareness and much needed funds for men’s health. 3 out of 4 suicides are men. The Movember Foundation have released a video featuring real…

Gender Roles In The Workplace

Hillary Clinton could make history this November if she is elected as the first female U.S President. An impressive milestone for gender equality; especially when you consider had she been born 100 years earlier she would not have even been able to vote in an election, let alone run. Mrs Clinton’s possible return to the White House opens up an important discussion on gender identity. If we have evolved into a society where a 68-year-old woman can become President, then just how far have…

The Power of Music

Music. We’re told it’s the gateway to the heart, the key to our emotions. It can transport us through time and space back to a day, a feeling, the memory of a person… And lately, more and more it has become a feature of the workplace. At first music in the workplace may appear slightly antisocial, a room full of people all with ear-phones in. A study by Dr Anneli Haake, into music in the workplace shows that music helps people to engage at work. Most people in Dr Haake’s study listened…