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Matt – an inspirational buddybooster

Matt Clifford, Accountant St Jame’s Palace Age 26. At the end of the St Jame’s Place buddyboost challenge, we caught up with Matt to find out more about his experience of the challenge. A bit of background on what your life was like before you started to exercise / have you always been active?I have always tried to be as active as possible. I was always active as a child, but starting my career and working around my professional exams meant I became hindered when trying to squeeze in my daily activity. Despite this, I’ve always tried to remain as

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Paigey – an inspirational buddybooster

Paige Farrell (‘Paigey’), Bus Driver, Stagecoach, Birkenhead. Age 30 At the end of the Stagecoach buddyboost challenge, we caught up with Paige to find out more about her experience of the challenge. A bit of background on you and what exercise means to youI was never really an active person and over the years a bit more weight creeped on and on and on. What made you start exercising?During the first lockdown I tried a weight-loss challenge with colleagues in Stagecoach – I felt sluggish and slow and generally out of puff doing any exercise. But, that started my journey.

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workforce wellbeing moves up the agenda

July at Buddyboost: Workforce wellbeing moves up the agenda

The reality of hybrid working means looking after employee wellbeing has never been so important. buddyboost’s clients have discovered a great way to help their employees feel healthier and happier as workforce wellbeing moves up the agenda.  Working from home is great, but certainly has its drawbacks. A recent survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) revealed that 68% of those working from home felt less connected to their colleagues than when they worked together physically. Moreover, 46% said they were doing less exercise, 39% had developed musculoskeletal problems, and 37% reported disturbed sleep. With the RSPH

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Toom – an inspirational buddybooster

Simon Tramalloni (‘Toom’), Stagecoach Operations Manager, Preston & Chorley. Aged 45. At the end of the Stagecoach buddyboost challenge, we caught up with Toom to find out more about his experience of the challenge. A bit of background on you and tell us about you and exercise! I joined the army straight after school at 16. In the military, physical activity is part and parcel of the job but also the structure of the days lends itself to doing physical activity. I did tours in Bosnia, Kosovo & 2 tours to Iraq. On the second Iraq tour in 2003, three

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Dave – an inspirational buddybooster

Dave Hunt, Stagecoach. Aged 32. After 8 years of doing no exercise, eating too much and doing sedentary jobs, Dave’s weight had gone from 13 ½ stone to over 19 stone. During the pandemic, his family situation changed and, in his own words, he ‘was in a pretty bad place physically and mentally.’ He knew he had to do something, but kept putting it off. Dave’s employer Stagecoach signed Dave and his colleagues up to the buddyboost challenge in May 2021, Dave’s enthusiasm and motivation shone throughout the challenge so we caught up with him to find out how he

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Golden Girl Sammi promotes workplace wellbeing

Paralympic world champion Sammi Kinghorn is on a mission to help improve workplace wellbeing. It should be quite a year for Sammi Kinghorn. The double world champion wheelchair racer has set her sights on two golds at the Paralympics in Tokyo this August and is on a training schedule that is exhausting to read, let alone undertake. But in the midst of her hectic schedule, this extraordinary 25-year-old world record holder is also taking time to do her bit for the physical and mental health of others, by joining our programme dedicated to promoting workplace wellbeing. buddyboost uses a simple

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Employee Wellbeing at the forefront

Companies putting employee wellbeing at the forefront of the return to normal

Amidst the excitement of loosening restrictions, and the eagerness to hug, go for a pint, and get back to how things were, there lies a quiet but unavoidable truth: Things won’t be quite how they were. We will work, travel, shop and socialise differently. (Don’t worry, we can still go for a pint).  For many, this degree of change causes some emotional difficulty. With this in mind, more and more proactive companies are looking to put employee wellbeing at the forefront of their strategy as we transition into what we all hope will be a post-pandemic world. New ‘hybrid working’

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Embracing nature is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and it doesn’t need to be incompatible with work As you probably know, this week (May 10 to 16) is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Of course, it goes without saying that mental health is an issue we shouldn’t just discuss one week a year. That said, as a tool to raise awareness of the importance of being open and honest about how we are feeling, it’s an undoubted force for good. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘nature and the

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hybrid working

Hybrid working

Let’s talk about hybrid working. It’s not been a vintage 12 months, has it? Most of us are itching for life to return to some form of pre-pandemic normality, whether that’s a pint in the pub, a trip to the cinema, or just not having to shout at the kids about geometry. But it now seems likely that some things won’t return to how they were – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The concept of remote working has become a practical reality over the last year – oh to be a Zoom shareholder – and there is no

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Meet a Star Buddy

Here at buddyboost, we take great pride in how well our challenges succeed in getting participants up, active and engaged, with all the benefits to their wellbeing that entails. But even the best schemes can benefit from a bit of extra stardust. To be clear, this is not the kind of magic stardust that children make. This is real stardust, in the form of a Star Buddy – an inspirational sportsperson who has been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and more often than not a few medals to boot. Last week, one such star buddy – World Champion para-athlete

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