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Employee wellbeing survey – our approach

Employee wellbeing survey – our approach

At Shine, we love a good employee wellbeing survey - and not just because it is one of our core services. When done well, they can provide a wealth of insightful information which can be used to start a workplace wellbeing programme, or to improve an existing one. By...

How to speak about mental health in your workplace

How to speak about mental health in your workplace

In 2019, conversations around mental health are now much more common and as a society, we are undoubtedly more accepting of mental health problems. And while we can give ourselves a collective pat on the back for this, there’s still work to be done, particularly...

Smartphone detox – how it improved my wellbeing

Smartphone detox – how it improved my wellbeing

For the whole of August, I embarked on a smartphone detox. There were a few reasons as to why, but the most prevalent was a worry around burnout. For the past 18 months I’d be working hard setting up and growing Shine Workplace Wellbeing, while also ensuring I was...

Promoting physical activity at work – why it’s good for business

Promoting physical activity at work – why it’s good for business

We all know that exercise is good for us, and most are aware that it benefits not just our physical health but also our emotional wellbeing. So we try and prioritise it, but so often something else 'more important' comes up. Have you ever worried that you won’t meet a...

National Fitness Day – be part of it with us!

National Fitness Day – be part of it with us!

It's National Fitness Day on September 25 and as a company that believes passionately in the power of physical activity, we are marking the day with our own fitness focus! We are delighted to be teaming up with The Rose Theatre in Kingston-Upon-Thames to run a series...

Mental Health Awareness Workshops – feedback

Mental Health Awareness Workshops – feedback

Our Mental Health Awareness workshops are now underway and we’ve had some positive feedback thus far. Carefully designed by Rebecca Peters to help attendees feel equipped to deal with mental health issues that may arise in their workplace, they are aimed at managers...

Yoga at work – should it be part of a wellbeing programme?

Yoga at work – should it be part of a wellbeing programme?

For what was once associated with spiritual followers and Hollywood celebrities, yoga has seen a significant shift in demographics in the last decade. Today, you’d be hard pushed to find a local UK gym that doesn’t offer a variety of yoga classes, whilst in recent...

Financial wellbeing – should employers be doing more?

Financial wellbeing – should employers be doing more?

Financial wellbeing is the sense of security and control regarding one’s finances. This includes the confidence to respond to unexpected expense, meeting financial goals and having a sense of financial freedom to make choices that allow us to enjoy life, without worry...

Have you checked out InsideOut?

Have you checked out InsideOut?

I first came across Rob Stephenson last year, when I was involved in the Mad World event which covers mental health in the workplace. Rob was embarking on an incredible physical challenge, the MindCycle Tour, which involved cycling the full length of the Tour de...

Sleep and workplace wellbeing

Sleep and workplace wellbeing

Sleep. A basic need, yet a huge area of neglect in so many lives. Many of us are not prioritising sleep, but putting everything else first: work deadlines, socialising, household chores, are all being chosen over a key factor that enables us to do these things to our...

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work seminars across London

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work seminars across London

As we've mentioned on our social media feeds, we've been running some 'Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work' lunch and learn seminars across the Workspace chain. During April and May we gave talks at locations including China Works in Vauxhall, Centro in...

Rebecca Peters joins the Shine team

Rebecca Peters joins the Shine team

We're delighted that Rebecca Peters has joined Shine Workplace Wellbeing. With a background in health and wellbeing research and an MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology, she will lead our soon-to-launch Workplace Mental Health Awareness workshops,...

Free fruit at work – advantages of offering healthy snacks to staff

Free fruit at work – advantages of offering healthy snacks to staff

Offering free fruit at work has got a bad press of late in the employee wellbeing field. Many in the sector are quick to point out that businesses need to do more than just provide fruit (we agree) and the British Safety Council made this point by titling its recent...

Mental health in advertising

Mental health in advertising

There's little doubt that the conversation around mental health has entered in to the mainstream over the past couple of years. With more well known figures openly discussing their mental health struggles, more reporting around mental health and wellbeing in the...

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace – March 21 event

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace – March 21 event

When your employees are in good physical and mental health, they are happier, more engaged and more productive. You may even have resolved to create a healthier workplace in 2019, but perhaps you’re finding it hard to take the first step or get to the next...

Why taking breaks at work is good for business

Why taking breaks at work is good for business

If you'd like to boost employees’ productivity and job performance, ensure they are regularly taking breaks at work - they are essential for them staying healthy, happy, creative, and focused at work. However, a large proportion of workers don't take enough breaks...

Mindfulness in the workplace – useful for some but not for all

Mindfulness in the workplace – useful for some but not for all

I recently came across a debate raging on LinkedIn regarding mindfulness in the workplace and meditation apps, and whether such practices and techniques can genuinely help employees.With almost 800 comments on the discussion thread, a range of pros and cons of such...

Mental health at work – events worth attending

Mental health at work – events worth attending

If you’re looking to develop your understanding of mental health in the workplace, there are now a number of events in the UK that can help. Such events were not around just a couple of years ago, but with more conversations now taking place around mental health in...

Corporate gym membership alternatives – physical activity allowance

Corporate gym membership alternatives – physical activity allowance

Employees who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to perform better at work, based on research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization. Additionally, absenteeism is 27 percent lower for workers who exercise...

Boost employee wellbeing – get outdoors

Boost employee wellbeing – get outdoors

Studies suggest that spending time outdoors can relieve stress and boost feelings of happiness and improve overall wellbeing, so if your workplace is located near a public park or green space, you should consider this a blessing. Such spaces can be used for pre and...

Employees with a mental health problem – support and resources

Employees with a mental health problem – support and resources

Supporting employees with a mental health problem can be a difficult time for both employer and employee, particularly if a member of staff has to take some time off work. Thankfully there are some fine resources freely available that can make managing this difficult...

Low cost workplace wellbeing: maintaining momentum

Low cost workplace wellbeing: maintaining momentum

Employee wellbeing schemes often start strongly with a lot of enthusiasm from various parties, but they can tail off after a few months if they are not well maintained. Particularly if you’re implementing a low-cost workplace wellbeing scheme. For a small to medium...

Plants in the workplace – a simple wellbeing booster

Plants in the workplace – a simple wellbeing booster

Studies have shown that plants help reduce stress, enhance employee mood, boost productivity, and improve air quality. So it’s worth investing in some plants in the workplace to help enhance your employees’ wellbeing. Research from Norway provides some great evidence...

UK workers reject the Christmas party in favour of wellbeing support

UK workers reject the Christmas party in favour of wellbeing support

New research from Shine Workplace Wellbeing finds that wellbeing is a priority for three quarters of workersLast year UK employers spent an average £86.44* per head on their staff Christmas party.  However, given the choice, three quarters of workers (74%)...