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Skip, Skip, Skipping To Work – Part One

March 27th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 2 Responses

Today is National Skipping Day! Though, you don’t need a dedicated day to skip, or to partake in any other kind of exercise for that matter.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for many of us, have neglected to take.

Regardless of your age, there is strong scientific evidence that participating in regular exercise can lead to a much healthier and happier lifestyle.

It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity will have the following health benefits:

  • Control weight
  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy
  • Improve the ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
  • Increase the chance of living longer

People are less active nowadays and more and more of us are leading sedentary lifestyles. We drive cars … read more »

Happy Employees Does Not Mean They Are Engaged Employees

March 26th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 2 Responses

The notion of happy workers being engaged workers has always struck me as odd.  The assumption is that a happy employee must be an engaged employee.

Maybe a better alternative is ‘happy employees are more likely to be engaged than unhappy employees’?

This I would be more comfortable with.  It does concern me to see so much written about ‘happiness’ and the, supposed, links with engagement.  So, why do I have such a problem with these?

Well, the reasoning and rationale is actually very simple:

  • Happy employees can easily be focused on the wrong things
  • In our research work (be it one to one interviews, group sessions/ activities or discussion or our survey work) we like to link back our findings to key business metrics.  This can be anything from staff turnover and sickness and absence to the more commercial aspects such as sales levels, profit, turnover, productivity etc.

    What we see, on a regular basis, is that ‘happy’ employees, or more … read more »

    Red And Yellow And Pink And Green

    March 25th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

    Aside from designing an ergonomically effective office to enhance your employee’s well-being and happiness at work, you may also want to consider what colours are best to use.

    Your mood, well-being, feelings and emotions can be radically affected by your environment. The use of colour is an influential communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. So, when you spend most of your time in the office, the colours that you are surrounded by may be influencing your behaviour and the way in which you work.

    Depending on the type of work you are carrying out, certain colours would be better suited for use in the working environment. For example, if the task requires intense focus and concentration, then surrounding colours should be non-stimulating and relaxing. However, if the task needs someone to be upbeat and energetic, then colours that stimulate an increase in blood pressure will keep you feeling alert.

    Here, we’ve listed just … read more »

    Do What You Love, Love What You Do

    March 24th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 2 Responses

    One of my favourite past-times is searching for fossilised sharks teeth along a very special bit of the coast near to where I live. My partner and I have spent many a day scouring the beach for them and have found a few hundred or so just in the last year. But the one we have always wanted to find, was the ‘big one’ and last Friday afternoon, we did! (well, my partner did!).

    It was a great feeling, all that searching had finally paid off. Spurred on by this fantastic find, we continued looking for another couple of hours, and found a further thirty plus sharks teeth, albeit, much smaller ones. It was a fruitful and rewarding day, and we left for home feeling rather pleased and looking forward to the next time.

    It got me thinking about other things I enjoy doing and how it makes me feel. Especially at work.

    There’s absolutely no doubt, that if you ‘do what you … read more »

    We’re Not Barking Up The Wrong Tree

    March 21st, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

    Today is International Day of Forests – did you know that?

    “To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.” – Henry Ward Beecher (American clergyman, social reformer, speaker and anti-slavery campaigner)

    We have previously blogged about our carbon neutral strategy and the things we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint, and are continuing our pledge to plant a new tree for every new client we work with. What we have also decided to do, is send a sapling tree to every client who recommends us to another organisation in an additional bid to help offset our carbon emissions.

    It’s The Woodland Trust that has helped us fulfil our pledge with the tree planting and we’re pleased to reciprocate by contributing to their vision of seeing the UK rich in woods and trees, to … read more »

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