74.6% OF UK WORKERS SUFFER FROM SOME KIND OF SIGNIFICANT WORK-RELATED STRESS OR ANXIETY.
69% OF EMPLOYERS SAY THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH AND WELLBEING HAS A DIRECT EFFECT ON PRODUCTIVITY.
FOR EVERY HEALTH RISK FACTOR AN EMPLOYEE HAS, THEIR PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK REDUCES BY 2.4%
FOR EVERY £1 INVESTED IN WELLBEING INITIATIVES, BUSINESS GETS A £3 RETURN.
IN 2011 OVER HALF THE UK WORKFORCE (51%) HAD SUFFERED BACK PAIN AND THAT ONE IN FIVE HAS TAKEN TIME OFF WORK BECAUSE OF IT.
PHYSICAL INACTIVITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MODIFIABLE HEALTH BEHAVIOUR FOR CHRONIC DISEASE
ONLY 1.5% OF PEOPLE WITH STRESS HAVE HAD TREATMENT, COMPARED TO 43% OF THOSE SUFFERING WITH MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDER.
WE’RE OFFICE ATHLETES, NICE TO MEET YOU.
Rather than a raft of text to wade through, we would like to introduce ourselves with a brief video overview of one of our recent projects. Here is a working example of a package we designed for the world-renowned Cambridge University, Judge Business School.
We were challenged to produce a Wellbeing package for a two week residential course that would cater for developing, highly motivated executives from a full range of industry backgrounds, and also a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds. We developed a mixed package based on initial postural evaluation and testing, educational seminars and practical coached sessions at the historic Goldie Boat House, home to the Cambridge Boat Race crews.
“I regularly work with Office Athletes on a residential executive programme I run, and Ed and his team are always a great hit with the participants. The model of combining voluntary group exercise activities with the creation of tailored fitness regimes for individual participants works perfectly. The group activities are a great way to promote togetherness and team spirit amongst what is often a diverse body of people, while the tailored regimes provide something concrete for participants to take away and work on once the programme has ended.”Professor Jochen Runde
HERE’S THE INTERVIEW WE GAVE TO DESCRIBE THE SERVICE:
Office athletes have over 20 years consulting experience across a wide range of clients, both domestically and internationally. We are as comfortable and able handling specialist individual cases and developing tailored cost effective strategies for small businesses, as we are in providing complete solutions for multinational corporations with multiple sites.
EVOLUTION OF AN OFFICE ATHLETE
‘Office Athletes’ are uniquely and expertly placed to guide you. Built on a pedigree of Olympic sporting performance and over 15 years experience working alongside some of the leading UK’s businesses, we have evolved as a dynamic consultancy that delivers proven results from techniques learnt at the cutting edge of performance sport. We’re your winning combination. There are already some commonly placed ‘solutions’ to the Wellbeing conundrum. Subsidised gym memberships, cycle to work schemes and health screenings are amongst the most common cited options, but often these interventions only provide another avenue for the already active, a tick box for a companies green credentials or a worrying report for someone already aware they need to be healthier. Getting tangible results for the entire population of a business or encouraging those that are stressed to embrace managing their situation despite perceived perceptions requires a smarter more innovative approach.
The push for improving Wellbeing isn’t just based on a feeling that we should be healthier, but on real evidence that modern lifestyles and working practice are affecting health and business performance. This is represented by some shocking statistics. 80% of UK adults are failing to meet the minimum criterion for activity as set by the government, in addition to which more than a quarter of the adult population is obese and 44% with men and 33% of women classified as overweight.(Professor Carol Propper, University of Bristol. Observer, Centre for Market and Public Organisation at the University of Bristol, 2013)
And it’s not just our physical health that’s suffering. Half of UK employees (53%) believe that stress is a problem in their workplace with around a quarter (24%) being very concerned about it (The sixth Aviva health of the workplace report, Autumn, 2012). Although the prevalence and the effects of stress are similar to those that have musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), only 1.5% of people have had treatment for stress compared to 3% for MSD’s. This illustrates the ‘taboo’ that still surrounds the perception of getting treatment for stress.
These physical and mental issues produce a real monetary burden to business. It’s thought that absenteeism alone cost UK business on average £600 per person per year.
We argue that we should aim far beyond just being content with an absence of illness in the workplace as an optimal target for health and wellbeing. This is just the tip of the figurative iceberg (see fig 1). And whilst everyone can become ill from time to time, we believe that through coaching and education, everyone deserves to understand how to positively influence their health, wellbeing and daily physical performance utilising evidence based techniques.
Fig 1 – Adapted from Dr John Travis’ proposed model of Wellbeing
This myriad of physical and mental symptoms can all be addressed through a process of coaching behaviour and integrating physical activity into our lifestyle. By respecting the natural resistance of our behaviour to change, we can design and implement a plan of action that will successfully modify our ‘bad’ habits long term. Failure to respect this will result in short term change at best and re-enforce a negative association with adjusting. We all have friends, relatives and colleagues who have tried have tried and failed on multiple occasions to change get healthy and ‘lose weight’, only to get some short term change and then yo-yo back to where they once were. It’s this ‘change everything at once’ approach that sets up the failure. Try this a few times and eventually that person won’t want to even start a new attempt for fear of failure.
Furthermore, by understanding how our bodies function, it’s physiology, we can implement some of the techniques used by high performance sport and adapt them into highly effective programmes of exercise for everyone. These elicit optimum results for effort invested. For example, by understanding that the human stress mechanism has its evolutionary roots in our physiology, we can design our exercise type and timing to positively impact on our ability to cope with stressful times.
It is possible for businesses of all shapes and sizes to improve their performance without impacting on their day to day function. A properly implemented Wellbeing programme will enhance company performance, aid in recruiting and retaining key staff, tackle the damaging effects of stress, improve health and reduce associated insurance costs and gain valuable loyalty from your workforce.
If you want your business to be competitive, you’ll need a team of Office Athletes!
Office Athletes evolved from our founding company Cambridge Strength & Conditioning (C S&C). C S&C have a wealth of experience coaching at the highest level. With over 20 years of coaching know-how, they understand how to get the best out of individuals and teams, having helped to produce international and Olympic athletes. Simultaneously, we have been utilising our sporting experience to underpin and develop a range of services for high performance business.
Our corporate experience has seen us working with the likes of ARM Ltd, Diageo, Mediatek, Medimmune, The Judge Business School, The Moller Centre and a host of other small, medium and large businesses. As a result, we are now recognised as leaders in the Wellbeing industry. We pride ourselves in designing our services from the latest evidence base. It is our sporting experience that has taught us to constantly evaluate and evolve, enabling us to always present ‘best practice’ to the constantly developing needs of our clients. From high-level executive education and policy consultancy to specialist individual injury treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation coaching, Office Athletes provide a level of expertise and a dynamic range of services that other providers can’t match. Couple that with an engaging practical delivery, honed from coaching experience that delivers results, you have the winning formula for Wellbeing service provision.
Please visit the Cambridge Strength & Conditioning website at www.cambridgesandc.com for further information. Additionally you’ll find our library of coaching and training videos to give you a flavour of our approach to practice.
Your Wellbeing provider should be as dynamic and driven in delivering your health programme as you are in your business. Programmes should be expert led and client centred. That way the unique needs of your business and your workforce are taken care of with optimum effect. Office Athletes represent the expert choice, with an unrivalled consultancy team capable of understanding what your business needs and the practical demands of how to deliver it.
It’s one thing knowing you need a Wellbeing programme, it’s another to create a culture that provides results for your business wrapped up in a service your employees will love. Ease the burden of key stakeholders by allowing us to balance the needs of HR, facilities and finance and contact Office Athletes now.
From specialist injury management and postural re-education to new joiner health checks, MOT’s and age related health screening. Road show’s, events and ‘Lunch & Learns’ carefully planned into a your calendar of events. From Physiotherapists to Strength & Conditioning Coaches, nutrition experts and life coaches. We’ll provide the knowledge, experience the team to get the best out of your team. If you want to compete in business you’ll need a team of Office Athletes!
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