The benefits of mindfulness workshops for leaders and employees

Mindfulness has huge benefits for your employees and leaders both in their professional and personal lives. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to learn mindfulness, and one of those ways is through a workshop. 

But how do you know if a mindfulness workshop is right for your organization? 

In this blog post, I’m going to go through the benefits of mindfulness workshops, and how they can create kinder, more creative, more communicative teams. 

Firstly, what is mindfulness? 

When stressful or unexpected events take place—which they often do at work—our brains can leap into worrying about the future. We might feel it in our bodies, with that sinking feeling in our stomach or that anger that rises through us. 

Mindfulness helps you ground yourself in these situations. It’s about being present in the moment, and being aware of your thoughts, emotions and body. 

You can then use certain mindfulness practices to calm your body, think...

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How to support an employee who has depression

Knowing how to support a colleague or employee struggling with depression can be difficult. The first step is recognizing that you need to help, which you’re already doing just by being here. 

Knowing where to start when supporting someone with depression is difficult. You want to help but don’t want to say or do the wrong thing, which could worsen the situation.

This is why I’ve created this article, to help you understand exactly how you can support someone with depression. 

Firstly, what is depression? 

Depression is characterized as having ongoing low mood, changes in appetite, loss of energy, changes in sleep, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, difficulty in concentrating or decision-making, feelings of hopelessness etc., for at least two weeks. There are different types of depression as well as differences in its severity.

Some people, unfortunately, believe that depression is not a ‘real thing’ or can be...

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How to find the right corporate wellness talks or workshops for your organization

There are a lot of different types of corporate wellness talks and workshops that will help improve the health and wellness of your employees.

The tricky bit is finding the right one!

There are so many to choose from, and they cover so many different topics, it’s difficult to know where to start with it all.

That’s why I’ve put together this blog post to talk you through how to find the right wellness talks or workshops for you.

What are the different types of corporate wellness talks and workshops?

As I said earlier, there are A LOT of different types of wellness talks and workshops. Wellness encompasses so many different elements, from mental health to mindfulness, and financial health to nutrition and exercise.

Typically, you will find that wellness talks and workshops cover the following topics:

  • Physical health
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health (such as stress management)
  • Mindfulness
  • Sleep
  • Resilience

How to select a wellness topic that’s right for your...

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Online vs in-person well-being workshops: Which one is right for you?

I will start by saying that I offer predominantly online well-being workshops and programs for my clients. And even though I am the biggest champion of online well-being workshops (as I get to see the transformations they make for leaders and employees), I also understand they are not for everyone!

That’s why, in this blog post, I’m going to go through the benefits of both online and offline well-being workshops so you can work out which one is best for your organization.

The results might actually surprise you!

Let’s get started.

Quick overview: What is a well-being workshop?

A well-being workshop is an interactive workshop that aims to improve the health and well-being of your employees.

They can last anywhere from one hour to half a day.

They can also help your organization with a variety of problems. Here are some examples of well-being workshops you could invest in for your organization.

  • Mindfulness-based workshops – if you want your team to implement...
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Ideas for corporate health and well-being events

If you want to improve the well-being of your teams, corporate health and well-being events are the ideal way to put wellness principles into practice. They help provide structure to your well-being programs and give your staff a glimpse of improved emotional resilience, a more balanced working life, and greater productivity. 

In this guide we’ll take a look at effective corporate well-being events you can put into place in your office, or virtually.

What is a corporate well-being event?

There was a time when any non-business related events at work probably meant Friday drinks or team-building exercises at the local paintball arena. But now businesses better understand there are many reasons to hold regular well-being events, that doesn't just help teams get on a bit better, but actually help your teams and leaders stay emotionally well and physically healthy.

Putting well-being principles into practice

Many companies these days are engaging staff in open conversations...

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Mental health awareness training for employers/leaders and C-suite executives: Everything you need to know

In recent years I’ve been so excited to see a growing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in the workplace; not just amongst employees facing the daily challenges of rapidly evolving global work environments, but amongst business leaders and C-suite executives as well.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the growth of mental wellness training, which is increasingly common amongst small businesses and large corporations alike. We’ll take a look at what these wellness programs look like and explore how they can help your leaders and employees gain more clarity, make more effective decisions, and boost the productivity of high-performing teams.

The rise of corporate mental wellness programs

In the past, some businesses have - rightly or wrongly - been seen by many as caring only about their bottom line, and not focusing enough on the well-being of employees. Well, all that’s changing – in fact, large corporations like Google,...

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How to find the right corporate wellness program for your organization

Corporate wellness programs have become increasingly common in recent years. In a relatively short space of time we’ve gone from a general ignorance of the importance of mental health and well-being programs, to a wide range of happy, productive workplaces embracing wellness programs.

Whilst embracing wellness and well-being in the corporate context is extremely welcome, we’ve ended up in a situation where companies are spoilt for choice when selecting a wellness program.

If you are aware of the importance of well-being in your place of work, that’s already half the battle. But the question still remains: how do you find the right corporate wellness program for your organization?

This guide will help you understand the importance of getting the right wellness program for you, what makes up an effective wellness plan, and how to put it into practice.

Let’s get stuck in. 

What is a corporate wellness program?

It’s worth starting with the basics:...

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Activities you can do for Employee Well-Being Month

Although I believe supporting the mental health and well-being of employees needs to be an all-year-round activity, Employee Well-Being Month – which takes place every June – is a great opportunity for improving workplace well-being by getting your teams active, engaged, and inspired.

What is Employee Well-Being Month?

Employee Well-Being Month was launched by Virgin Pulse in 2009 and has gone on to be embraced by a wide range of organizations.

The pandemic was of course a huge driver of decreasing employee well-being, with the American Psychological Association (APA) warning, “we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.”

Employee Well-Being Month 2022 comes after nearly two years of pandemic lockdown, but that has done little to curb the sense of uncertainty and turbulence in workplaces right now. 

Throw into the mix other factors like the sense of unease generated by the...

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Emotional well-being: What is it and how can it make your employees happier and more productive?

When I work with my clients, I’m often asked about how to improve employee emotional well-being.

This is one of my favorite questions because improving employees' emotional well-being has so many benefits to both the individual employee and the organization as a whole.

But first, what is emotional well-being?

Emotional well-being is our ability to regulate our emotions as we cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life and work.

When we have a positive state of emotional well-being we are able to handle difficult situations with an optimistic, proactive, problem-solving outlook.

If our emotional well-being is suffering, we struggle to cope with unexpected events, avoid tackling urgent problems and fail to make effective decisions.

Why is emotional well-being at work important?

A 2021 report by global analysis firm Gallup found that only 34% of Americans rated their emotional well-being as “excellent” – a record low.

Gallup also tracks a metric they...

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How to recognize the signs of employee burnout (and what to do about it)

You likely know of employees, colleagues, or even friends who have experienced burnout at work. Maybe you’ve experienced it in the past too?

It’s a phenomenon that can affect everyone at any stage in their work lives, from ambitious strivers to conscientious leaders and even fresh-faced recruits.

Burnout is not a sign of weakness, nor does it necessarily reflect badly on employers. However, if you care about the well-being of your employees and want to foster a happy and productive workforce, it’s important to be able to recognize signs of burnout in your staff. And take action to nip it in the bud.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to recognize the signs of employee burnout, and give you some powerful ideas for tackling this growing problem.

What is workplace burnout?

Since the pandemic, some workplaces have experienced “The Great Resignation”. Unhappy employees worldwide are quitting their jobs in droves. And one of the biggest drivers of this...

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