This week we’ve seen the release of the NHS Long Term Plan, which aims to save over 500,000 lives by placing more focus on preventative measures. So, you can imagine how excited I was to read about this knowing that we’re about to announce a strategic partnership to deliver a long term strategy that supports the NHS.
We have also seen in the ONS Labour Productivity UK: July to September 2018 report that whilst there has been a steady increase in productivity, the pace has slowed.
In order to pick up the pace on productivity, businesses need to work hard to keep employees motivated and healthy to sustain positive levels and continue to contribute to the overall increase in UK labour productivity.
The link between wellbeing and performance
It’s clear that the impact of people’s wellbeing has a correlation to productivity in the workplace. It goes without saying that a happier, healthier, skilled, energised workforce has a greater chance of being productive than an unhappy, unhealthy, unskilled, unmotivated workforce – I know which I’d rather have!
I often read about the challenges businesses face when trying to encourage healthy lifestyle habits amongst their staff, but this is where I believe our approach, that provides education and insights on health matters that affect people, businesses and our communities, can truly make a positive difference.
We’re committed to demonstrating the impact that a co-ordinated wellbeing strategy can have, not just on the health of individuals, which helps to ease pressure on the NHS, but on business performance and productivity. This is why we have entered into a 3-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Innovate UK and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC). We will use these insights to identify challenges faced by businesses and communities so that we can accurately identify and implement the most effective type of health and wellbeing intervention.
A new solution for productivity and performance in the workplace
I am also extremely proud to announce our strategic partnership with EXOS to launch a UK-first wellbeing programme that improves performance and productivity in the workplace.
EXOS is a leader in the field of human performance and employs over 3,500 people in over 400 locations worldwide. They deliver results to hundreds of clients including world champions in sports and one-quarter of Fortune 100 companies, as well as leaders in health care, military, and community organisations.
We’re investing in a strategy that allows businesses to evaluate their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing needs, creating a tailored programme with measurable outcomes, to help engage employees and improve their health and wellbeing.
This unique programme takes inspiration from the elite sports methodology of ‘marginal gains’, where small sustainable changes have a positive cumulative effect on health and wellbeing. I’ve seen first-hand that these healthier behaviours empower people to be the best that they can be, helping them and businesses to perform better.
The partnership brings together our team of specialist wellbeing coaches and the EXOS digital wellbeing platform ‘Journey’. This is a world leading online programme to help drive human performance – and vitally, links into health coaching at scale (which is the difference between other online health portals).Indeed, Journey is rated as one of the top digital and in-person engagement solutions on the world market, based on NPS scores and utilisation levels across populations.
It is used to enhance employee’s knowledge and experience, as well as encouraging them to take the next steps in improving their own performance – adding more value than a traditional health risk assessment.
The mobile-friendly ‘Journey’ hub enables quick, accurate and totally personalised measurement of an employee’s current wellbeing status focussed on the four pillars of human performance – Mindset, Movement, Nutrition and Recovery.
Further coaching support can then be provided either online or in person via our specialist wellbeing coaches, if selected by the employer.
We are different because our partnership augments human coaching with a digital and scalable solution. This partnership will be academically validated by Sheffield Hallam University’s AWRC, and I’ve no doubt that we can deliver proven and measureable outcomes for our clients in the UK too.
I believe that this exciting partnership has come at a crucial time, where supporting health and wellbeing in the workplace has never been so important. We all need to continue to contribute towards sustaining and increasing levels of performance and productivity, whilst importantly reducing the strain on the NHS by supporting their long term plan, placing more focus on prevention and empowering employees to be the best that they can be.
To find out more on how we can help you make a healthy difference to your workforce, visit our business page or get in touch.