New normal. What an overused phrase. However, as we emerge from what is hopefully the final national lockdown (please), normality is going to be a little different from what it was in early 2020.
How can inclusive wellbeing policies help companies adjust to the new normal?
Over the last 15 months, the way in which we think about the office has changed quite dramatically. People have talked about a ‘decade of transformation’ in the space of a year. And certainly, after a year of remote working, some employees have never physically met their team and new roles have been filled with employees based hundreds of miles away from the office. We’re exploring a new way of working, mixing office based employees with remote workers, and ‘hybrid working’ being widely adopted. So how do you help your employees adjust to the new normal?
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Okay, you guessed it – you can help your employees transition back to work by running a company buddyboost challenge! So what is buddyboost going to do for your employees?
Over the last year we’ve run challenges up and down the country, including PR firms, airport operators, NHS Trusts, transport operators, local councils – basically all types of organisation – and in each and every setting, we’ve seen a fantastic response to the challenge. The challenge itself is simple; can you complete 26minutes of exercise every day for 26 days? It’s actually harder than it sounds, but its achievable – and guaranteed to give your employees a boost. In fact across nearly 10,000 buddyboosters we’ve seen average mood scores improve by over 25% after doing their activity.
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With buddyboost, there are no competitions for the fastest or the strongest. It’s all about taking part. By far the most popular part of the workplace challenge is the private community feed housed within the app. Colleagues share pictures from daily walks, post amusing stories – we’ve even had poems and diet tips – but universally, participants have really embraced this feature. Almost 100% of users in our Konnect, Berkshire NHS Trust, Surrey County Council, Edelman and Stagecoach challenges said the community feed is ‘brilliant’ and ‘helped to motivate them’ and ‘to have a laugh’ which is absolutely what we all need right now.
In fact, don’t take our word for it, here’s a testimonial from one of our clients:
“buddyboost proved to be much more than just about physical activity. The community engagement and peer support were powerful aspects and it really created a buzz among our employees. buddyboost seemed especially effective among those who were less active , which is just what we wanted. There is definitely demand within our organisation to do it again.“
Matthew Peace, Director of Communities & Wellbeing, West Berkshire Council
It’s widely acknowledged physical activity levels have dropped during the pandemic, and it’s not a surprise that stress and anxiety levels increased too. So, to counter this, see more on how buddyboost can help your employees download our latest insights below.