Wellbeing in the workplace: How to make your employees feel happier and more fulfilled

 This week we’re proud to be supporting world Mental Health Day!

We spend an average of 8.8 hours a day at work – for many of us it’s much more than that – so it’s extremely important to think about how we can improve employee mental health and wellbeing in the office.

It may seem like a daunting topic, but there are actually a lot of simple and effective ways to promote better mental wellbeing for your employees both at work and outside the office. One simple way to do this is to offer incentives for employees to take part in regular exercise, whether that’s cycling to work, walking on their lunch break or taking part in an exercise classes. Evidence shows that just one or two hours’ exercise a week is an extremely effective mood booster and coping mechanism for people with mild to moderate depression. The NHS also recognises that there are significant mental health benefits of just one hour of physical activity a week, and promotes a more holistic approach to mental health – which recognises that our treatment of the physical body in turn has a powerful effect on our mental wellbeing. There are also further mental health benefits to be had from encouraging employees to spend more time outside the office and in nature. The Wildlife Trust has revealed that two-thirds of its volunteers, digging ditches and building bird tables in the open air, had better mental health within six weeks. So how can you start to incorporate this approach to mental wellbeing in your workplace? Our Jump programmes provide a sustainability and wellbeing engagement platform for employers to motivate their employees to take part in wellbeing activities, such as increased exercise, daily walks, or even spending more time in nature. Through motivation, ongoing communications campaigns and rewards to reinforce behaviour change, Jump has the functionality to help employees feel happier, healthier and more fulfilled in the workplace. In our programme at Swansea University, employees are rewarded for taking part in nature walks and beach cleans. At both Swansea University and Bournemouth University, our programmes promoted a Cycle to Work scheme and rewarded employees for taking part.

At Bournemouth University, over 45% of participants of the Jump programme said they had increased their sustainable behaviour at work since signing up to the programme and 39.9% said they had improved their health and fitness.

Offering a sustainability and wellbeing employee engagement scheme at work is an excellent solution that is extremely rewarding for both employees and employers.

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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. 

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