Following an episode of stress, anxiety and eventual burn out in the corporate world, a narrative that is sadly too common in the West, I took steps to look at my lifestyle to prevent this from happening again. From the food I ate, to the exercise I was taking, to cutting down on alcohol, sleeping better and starting to meditate, I covered it all and it really has worked.
My purpose is to share the science and wisdom of wellness in a business setting to ensure employees have the toolkit and motivation to create healthier lifestyles and for businesses to facilitate this. In return, there is no doubt that with a bespoke wellness strategy, those businesses will thrive.
My background at Bupa Wellness as a Health Coach in Canary Wharf gave me first-hand clinical experience of the declining health of employees in the city. I consistently took readings for high body fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Employees had stressful jobs and lives, they were exhausted and were more often than not on medication for some lifestyle related disease, it wasn’t good. It was striking how unhappy people were too.
In the years to follow I grew a corporate team sport’s businesses formerly known as Top Corner (now owned by Powerleague), which focused on social wellness; bringing employees together to feel part of a team, get outdoors and be active. I set up London’s first-ever corporate basketball league, with the likes of Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Deloitte and PWC participating. It was amazing to see the camaraderie and social connections this created between employees in business.
For the past 5 years I have been a Director at a global marketing recruitment agency. It has been interesting to see the shift in the reasons why people leave their jobs and the drivers that attract them to new jobs and companies. No longer is salary and job role the top pre-requisites, candidates increasingly ask about the culture. They want to know things like what career progression looks like, what the working from home policy is and if there is flexible work space in the office.
I could also see the War on Talent growing. Businesses are struggling to retain talent and acquire top talent, which is why Employer Branding and Employee Value Proposition has never been more important and a major component of this is a company’s Wellbeing and Happiness strategy.
I could not believe in the importance of Employee Wellness any more than I do. I hope that by acting as a Consultant I can reach more companies and therefore more employees to make a bigger impact.