Why we went to a rave before work - and other outside the box wellbeing ideas
If you haven’t heard of the rise of the ‘conscious clubbing’ culture, it’s time to get your head around the idea of sober, early morning raves. Yes you heard us, these morning parties, coined as the ‘healthy way to enjoy a party without drugs or alcohol’ have been taking off in recent years. Morning Gloryville are just one team hosting early morning raves across London to wake you up before work – and when they came to our neck of the woods to celebrate their 4th Birthday we couldn’t resist.
While most of us were struggling to get out of bed last Thursday, a couple of members from the JUMP team joined over 1,000 other party goers at the Morning Gloryville birthday bash on a rooftop beach in Brixton.
We arrived at 7am and were perked up with glitter, coffee, healthy shakes and Rawsome vegan snacks. As we made our way onto the dancefloor (in this case a sandy beach) we found yoga classes, massage angels and a welcome te
5 Ways to Improve Your Physical and Emotional Wellbeing at Work
On average, we spend at least 50% of our waking hours at work. But are we really awake? A lot of us sit at our desks for so long that our body starts to shut itself off, leading to physical and emotional fatigue as well as the daily post-lunch battle to keep your eyelids open. The good news is we can take positive steps to try and counteract this tiredness!
Here are some daily actions that can contribute to a happier, more fulfilled work life:
Don’t sit still for too long
I had a teacher at school who, if she saw the slightest hint of a yawn, would make you stand up and do 10 star jumps in front of the whole class. As humiliating as this was, it actually worked. I would be more alert and focused for the rest of the class. NHS advice tells us that when you sit down for a long period of time, certain parts of your body start to shut down. Less blood and oxygen get to your brain, which leads to lower
RBS shortlisted for prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Award
This month we’re proud to announce that our JUMP scheme at RBS has been shortlisted for a BusinessGreen Leaders Award, in the Employee Engagement Campaign of the Year category. Following a successful pilot and roll out of JUMP across 1,700 workplace locations in the UK and Ireland, RBS have been recognised for their use of JUMP as a platform to engage employees in sustainable work place culture.
The JUMP behaviour change programme at RBS uses custom made, online modules to inform staff and reward them for implementing sustainable behaviours. Modules cover topics such as water saving, energy saving and sustainable travel. Since implementation at RBS, JUMP has led to a 5% average electricity reduction at pilot locations, 500,000 disposable cups being saved and RBS expects to save £3million in 2017 in energy alone.
The BusinessGreen awards ceremony celebrates the considerable progress UK green businesses
Increasing sustainable travel with JUMP
Commuting is, for most of us, an essential part of our work lives but something we tend not to spend too much time thinking about.
Changing your commute is something you can do gradually but that will make a big difference to your carbon footprint. JUMP encourages your employees to start thinking about how their travel impacts the environment and how they can change their habits to reduce their impact on the Earth.
And it’s not just about environmental benefits! All JUMP employees get rewarded for the efforts they make to make their commutes more sustainable, whether that's swapping their car for the bus, cycling instead of a taxi or even working from home where possible.
Some of our clients also reward their employees for car sharing and the use of video and teleconferencing facilities which reduce the need for travel.
Our employee benefits come in the form of po
RBS UK & Ireland roll out of JUMP
After a successful pilot which led to a 5% average electricity reduction at pilot locations and 500,000 disposable cups being saved, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have scaled up their JUMP programme to cover all 1,700 locations in UK and Ireland to maximise impact.
The JUMP behaviour change programme will be encouraging employees to engage in energy saving, sustainable travel, waste reduction and other in-house sustainability actions with winning teams and individuals being rewarded for their efforts every two months, with vouchers for outlets such as iTunes and Marks & Spencer (M&S).
RBS sustainable workplace culture manager Mike Lynch said: “Colleagues can earn points for their team for simple actions like switching off electrical equipment, reporting leaks, travelling sustainably and encouraging others to get involved. RBS is committed to reducing the environmental impact of serving customers and JUMP brings all our target
EAUC Conference – Video
Thanks to everyone at the EAUC Conference that came along to our joint talk on Staff and Student Engagement with Swansea University, and to those that came to see us on our JUMP stand.
If you didn’t get an opportunity to come see us, below you can find the video we had on display at our stand which outlines, from some of our university partners’ perspectives, how JUMP effectively achieves mass engagement on campus.
If you are interested in finding out how JUMP works and the impact it has had at different universities, drop me a line [email protected] and I would be pleased to send through our recently published university case study.
JUMP at 2017 EAUC Annual Conference
Date: 29 March 2017 12:00 - 30 March 2017 17:00
Venue: Lancaster University
We are pleased to be exhibiting at this year’s EAUC Annual Conference, showcasing our work with Swansea University, Bournemouth University, Brunel University, East Kent College and University of Chichester.
This year's conference theme is Global Goals: Local Action and will recognise the critical role universities and colleges across the planet have to play in finding and implementing a solution to climate change and realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a local level within their communities.
Across the universities we work with, we turn the benefits of protecting the environment into cost savings associated with reductions in electricity, waste and water use. We also engage staff and students in activities that improve their wellbeing which reduces numbers of sick days an
Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017
It’s coming to the end of Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017 but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop doing kind acts. Try to do at least one kind act a day – this can be as big or small as you like. Don’t be shy, just go for it! And do it everyday because research shows that “kindness leads to happiness”.
Here are some opportunities for kindness to get you started:
• On your way to work – save a bug from being trampled on
• In the office – make a colleague their favourite drink
• On your way home – offer your seat to a stranger
• At home – separate your recycling from your rubbish
• With family – tell them you love them!
• With friends – lend a hand when you can see they need it
What is Random Acts of Kindness Week?
how well do you know your colleagues?
Some of us see our fellow employees more than we do our family but, beyond the brainstorming sessions, marathon meetings and chit-chat at lunch, many of us don’t actually know much about our colleagues out of work.
To change this and build stronger relationships in the office, we need to get to know each other!
Unfortunately, most team bonding activities tend to involve snacks and meals that are less than nutritious, and many revolve around alcohol – which doesn’t bode well with our new year’s resolutions. So before you invite everyone to after-work drinks at the local pub (we know it’s tempting!), we’ve come up with some healthy alternatives:
1) How about planning one day a month where everyone brings in something tasty and healthy to share with the office? – what makes this fun is everyone contributing and sharing recipes around
2) You could all get your runnin
JUMP LAUNCHES AT BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Just under two weeks ago, Bournemouth University became the fourth UK University to launch our award-winning programme - JUMP. The exciting new pilot has been designed to help to boost campus sustainability and employee wellbeing.
Thanks to JUMP, employees at Bournemouth University can now win prizes for taking small, simple steps at work to reduce their environmental footprints and improve their own wellbeing.
The prizes include:
• One of 6 prizes for the top performing individuals every month (from a choice of a £10 M&S voucher, £10 One4all voucher, one month gym pass, bus pass or loan bike).
• One of 15 raffle prizes every month (from a choice of a reusable cup, reusable bottle or £3 Chartwell's voucher).
• £100 for the top team to donate to their favourite local charity from a shortlist
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