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21Jul

The War on Plastics – how you can tackle plastic overuse in your workplace

Here’s an interesting, if slightly depressing fact: Every bit of plastic ever made still exists today. It’s a material that is made to last, but the majority of products made with plastic are only used once and then tossed in the bin without further thought. This consume, waste, replace culture is doing serious damage to our planet, as it turns out plastic takes at least 450 years to decompose. This month is Plastic Free July, so we’re here to let you know why you should seriously rethink your plastic consumption and give you some handy tips on how to get reducing, reusing and recycling and spread the word in your workplace.

 
Plastic is not so fantastic
This week new research from US scientists hit the headlines, revealing that by 2015 humans had produced 8.3 billion tons of plastic, of which 6.3 billion tons has become waste. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The study also revealed that of this amount o
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07Jul

Struggling to get your staff in the saddle? – Cycle Solutions has the answers

 

Encouraging your employees to cycle to work is a great way to keep staff healthy and productive while working towards your sustainability and wellbeing targets. And while your staff may be keen to give it a go, without a little guidance it’s likely they’ll be unsure where to start and fall into cycling misconceptions like ‘it’s too expensive to buy a bike’.

At JUMP, we’re experts in engaging employees in a range of sustainable behaviours in the workplace, including sustainable travel, energy saving and health and wellbeing. We’re here to reassure you that cycling to work can be easy, especially with excellent suppliers of the Cycle to Work Scheme, Cycle Solutions. Joining a Cycle to Work scheme could help you and your colleagues to crush excuses not to ride to work.

Why cycle?

Save cash
The average 7 mile commute by car costs over £350 a year in petro
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23Jun

Bring your dog to work day – the benefits of having a furry friend by your side in the office

Who let the dogs out?

This Friday 23rd June is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, providing the opportunity for pet lovers all over the UK to bring their canine friends to work with them. The day raises awareness for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. This year the charities being supported are All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia.
 
Now I don’t know about you, but when I heard about the initiative, I started picturing all kinds of chaos – dogs chewing on project proposals, drooling on keyboards, play fighting during meetings and devouring the office snacks. But it turns out that the reality is far from it.
 
Not only are most office pets well behaved (sleeping for most of the day) – they are also a valuable asset to the office and greatly improve office wellbeing. In fact, pets in the workplace are proven to lift mood, lower stress and improve productivity.
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09Jun

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
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26May

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
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12May

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
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28Apr

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
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11Apr

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
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05Apr

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.

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24Mar

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
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