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Nabarro’s London HR team briefed Stretching the City to create a workplace wellbeing team for their London office. They wanted a different wellbeing topic each week, alternating with lunchtime and after work sessions and physical sessions with seminar-style workshops. Although these sessions took place in their Moorgate office, some sessions were successfully video-streamed to their Sheffield office. To date, we have ran a diverse programme of wellbeing activities ranging from massage workshops to yoga classes and nutrition demonstrations.
"Sally has been excellent at tailoring a wellbeing timetable for us over a 12 week period and keeping us fully informed of the logistics. Stretching the City teachers are very experienced and friendly an our employees are always keen to know when we will be running more classes." Bryony Gordon, HR Manager, Nabarro LLP
In April 2016 we delivered a week of wellbeing activities for WH Smith's Wellbeing week at both their London and Swindon offices. Mindfulness meditation, Ergolates, Resilience Toolkit and Healthy Cooking demos were amongst the schedule of wellbeing activities we delivered.
"On behalf of the business and myself, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to you and your Stretching in the City wonder-team! The feedback has been brilliant, so we’ll definitely be in touch next year when we (hopefully) do our Wellbeing Week again. "
Desiree Wagner, WH Smith
As part of a 3 month ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ staff wellbeing programme, Aldermore Bank enlisted our help in educating their staff on the importance of good sleep. We squeezed our ‘Sleep School’ wellbeing workshop into a 30 minute session and delivered it 28 times across 10 UK-wide Aldermore offices. The client feedback was unanimously positive.
Have enlisted our wellbeing services on two occasions. Firstly, we ran an early morning yoga session as part of a graduate recruitment residential in Oxfordshire and later on in the year we delivered a ‘Boardroom Chair Yoga’ class for their RBS team at an away-day at the Barbican in London.
"I will definitely be recommending your sessions to anyone that is organising similar events." Fiona Russell, Accenture.
True to their company tagline of ‘reinventing the rules’, Three mobile invited us to their Maidenhead and Reading offices to share the merits of mindful mobile usage and managing digital distractions amongst their head office staff. So popular, we returned a couple of weeks later to deliver our ‘Thrive Offline’ talk to a roadshow of 400 retail managers at London’s Hilton Metropole.
Online retail giant, NOTHS couldn't decide whether to opt for staff yoga or Pilates classes on their 'Wellbeing Wednesdays', so they decided to run both, giving staff the option and variety of these two complimentary practices.
As part of Grosvenor's wellbeing day we organised an introductory mindfulness meditation session, a chair yoga session and between two of our health coaches, lead x25 1:1 wellbeing consultations with Grosvenor staff.
ANDigital thought it unfair that their employees who worked off-site at their client’s offices missed out on ANDigital employee initiatives – and we agreed. So, together we designed monthly wellbeing activities, including massage, chair yoga & healthy cooking demonstrations – at both ANDigital HQ and at their client’s offices too. Their clients also get to join in too if they’re lucky!
When Epiq Systems tasked us to design a year-long workplace wellbeing programme that appealed to their broad range of staff members, we rose to the challenge with a diverse year-long schedule that included our ‘Resilience Toolkit for the Workplace’ workshop at their annual AGM and our ‘Wellbeing for Working Parents’ workshop for their recent maternity and paternity returners.
When Gilead came to us with a company-wide initiative to improve their staff’s posture and productivity, we organised an engaging ‘Ergolates’ session at each of their offices. After learning about the detrimental effects of a poor posture and discovering healthy desk habits, the Gilead staff members enjoyed a healthy lunch (washed down with delicious coconut water from our sponsors, Vita Coco) and had informal 1:1 ergonomic assessments with their session leader, Rebecca.
Asked us to deliver a wellbeing workshop that would break up a busy day of training and presentations. We delivered our ‘Sleep to Achieve, Succeed & Thrive’ workshop, sharing some tips and techniques to help sleep-deprived bankers get the best sleep they can in a limited time.
Each month we ran a different wellbeing workshop for the Fred Perry team. They felt incredibly zen and present after Pete's mindfulness class, hungry and inspired after Sally's nutrition class and suitably stretched out after Paula's chair yoga class.
When Butterfly PR where planning a day of brainstorming with their client PepsiCo, they thought a sunrise yoga class at the top of the Millbank Tower would set them up for an inspiring day. And they weren't wrong. We practiced sun salutations to the sun rising above the London skyline and had a spring in our step for the rest of the day.