It's been an exciting summer so far and our JUMP team have been busy spreading the word about employee engagement in sustainability and wellbeing.
Last week we were at the EAUC’s Collaborations for Change Conference, where we exhibited our JUMP behaviour change programme. The conference kicked off with an insightful welcome address, which identified ‘lack of staff engagement’ as the second biggest barrier facing an institution in achieving their carbon reduction targets.
Another highlight was the workshop "Points Mean Prizes" by our partners Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester. Both universities spoke on how JUMP's use of gamification and rewards enabled them to successfully engage their staff in sustainability and wellbeing activities and work towards their environmental targets.
We also had fun quizzing those who passed by our stall on their waste and recycling ...
On the 5th June World Environment Day focused on bringing your people together to beat plastic pollution.
Being so cheap and easy to produce plastic is found everywhere in our day to day lives, from the packaging around our food to the tiny microbeads that are found in our clothes and released every time we put on a wash. 51 trillion pieces of plastic are currently polluting our sea and although it is hard to visualise such an immense quantity the impact this is having on our marine wildlife is clear.
Millions of sea creatures are harmed every year when they mistakenly consume our plastic waste and we can thank the BBC’s Blue Planet for bringing this fact to our attention. It is easy to feel helpless staring at our TV screens begging animals to stop eating plastic, so instead why don’t we take action?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Green Rewards way
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is Stress: are we coping?
Feeling stressed, anxious or worried is something we can all relate to. But what do you do when that stress escalates to become more frequent, overwhelming and unbearable?
This week, the Mental Health Foundation are drawing attention to the difference between mild stress that we might experience on a daily basis and serious, long-term stress that can cause us real distress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this, so it's important to know what steps you can take when you start to feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to cope with stress:
Green Rewards held an insight seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing at the iconic October Gallery in central London at which the specialist engagement company unveiled its new global platform.
The seminar included a panel session on building the business case for engagement, chaired by Amanda Carpenter of The Legal Sustainability Alliance and another panel chaired by Henry Majed on exploiting technology to embed behaviour change. Speakers included representatives from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde, Bournemouth University, Greenstone, and the London Borough of Bexley. There were over 70 attendees from the financial sector, university sector, private and public sectors.
This weekend millions of us around the world will be switching off all non-essential lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time) as a symbolic display of solidarity for the planet.
If we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species from the world’s most precious places by the end of this century.
Your actions can make a difference, join us this #EarthHour and make a #PromiseForThePlanet. https://t.co/mi6WMjqcru pic.twitter.com/m4ecWvwQEw
Only 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs, which means the other 70% of our workforce are getting paid to eat, sleep, work, repeat. Finding a way to address this vast amount of people who are sleep-walking through their jobs is the task of Glen Elliot, in his new book: Build it – the Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement.
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