Engaging your workplace in wellbeing

How to promote workplace wellbeing

Employers are engaging ever more closely with workplace wellbeing, with mental health negatively affecting one in six UK workers each year as the leading cause of sickness absence. Each year 300,000 people in the UK will lose their jobs due to a long-term mental health problem.   

When you begin to put this all together, the cost of poor mental health to the economy is over £74 billion per year. Therefore, improving workplace wellbeing for your employees can show a positive return on investment.  

Six core standards for wellbeing

‘Thriving at Work’ sets out six core standards that you can adopt to improve workplace wellbeing, they are: 

  1. Produce, implement and communicate a plan 
  2. Develop awareness  
  3. Encourage open conversations during recruitment, at regular intervals, and when employees are struggling 
  4. Invest in good working conditions and promote a healthy work/life balance 
  5. Educate support line managers  
  6. Make use of available data 

How to implement workplace wellbeing

Jump engages staff at the University of Chichester to achieve these standards. Firstly, activities such as mindfulness, a Fitbit integrated step challenge and healthy eating promote wellbeing. Secondly, staff are rewarded for taking on development courses and volunteering opportunities. The positive outcomes of the Jump programme have reduced sick days from an average of 5.2 days per person per year to 3.6 days. 

World Mental Health Day kicked off the conversation, but we’re here to make sure that workplace wellbeing is on the agenda all year round. The Mental Health Foundation has put together this useful guide with more information about the benefits of employee wellbeing. 

How can I engage my employees?

To find out more about office wellbeing across sectors, request a Jump case study here. Or click here to find out more about our employee engagement programmes and how Jump can engage positive wellbeing in your workplace.  

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

Lawrence Mitchell

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

Mark Lance

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Rob Metcalfe

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.