As we have grown in headcount and our business has grown in reputation, we have recognised the risk this presents to our team. While we have always worked hard to give our people the tools and support they need to manage and protect their wellbeing, in January 2020 we partnered with Point3, a specialist wellbeing consultancy, to turbocharge this activity and, in their words, help our people to ‘stress less and smile more’ – to support our overall wellbeing so that we can be happier, healthier and thrive day to day.
We chose to work with Point3 because they understood what Eton Bridge had already done in this space, and where we are trying to go. So many specialists in this space are focused on mental health first aid training or crisis prevention/ resolution, but we really wanted a bespoke offering. Point3 could see how truly integral wellbeing and authenticity is to our culture and client approach, and so they worked with us to create a 12 week programme that would build on this, to make the most of our strengths. They also have first-hand experience of working in a fast paced, corporate environment – and the struggles it can bring to our work and life balance.
Why 12 weeks? It is widely thought that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, however, as Nicky at Point3 explains: ‘scientific studies indicate that while it takes a minimum of 21 days to create a habit, it takes on average roughly 12 weeks to turn that habit into a lifestyle.’
We started the programme with a bespoke four hour workshop for the entire company, that focused on educating us to help motivate and energise us to take personal responsibility for maintaining and protecting our wellbeing on a daily basis. The workshop introduced the principles of wellbeing, encouraged self-reflection and shared a number of hacks to enable us to incorporate movement and mindfulness into our busy lives. Point3 then followed up with virtual workshops 4 and 8 weeks into the programme, supporting us as a business, encouraging and recognising our successes and building our knowledge.
We now have a cross business team of wellbeing ambassadors, who have arranged everything from regular mindfulness sessions and weekly office (now virtual!) yoga lessons, to a wellbeing intranet portal, healthier recipes, spontaneous group squats, and mapping walking routes near our offices to facilitate our newfound love of walking meetings – known as ‘walkie talkies’!