Liz Earle MBE and EJ Flynn talk Health and Wellbeing in the workplace on Sky News

Liz Earle MBE and EJ Flynn talk Health and Wellbeing in the workplace on Sky News



and now we all know it is a testing time for businesses in the UK at the moment but what about the well-being of company staff a panel of successful entrepreneurs and leading thinkers have joined forces to share ideas on how to improve physical and mental health in the workplace because let's face it we're all feeling a bit stressed nowadays aren't we or just tell us more time joined by the beauty entrepreneur and Liz Earle and the supper clubs managing director EJ Flynn hello ladies Liz your brand Liz Earle is all about health and well-being and so I imagine it's quite easy for your company to have that approach to your employees I mean I'm no longer part of the beauty company because that was sold back in 2010 so I work in well-being and publishing and it is all about how to live well and feel well because if you have a stronger healthier workplace and team then obviously you're going to have a stronger healthier business I mean it just to me it's so obvious it makes such sense like I can't understand really why it's taken us so long to talk about it as employers so health and well-being is your business so you imagine of course you do that as a matter of course your employees but EJ talk to us about companies like big banks big corporations where stress is high and health and well-being is sort of an afterthought perhaps but I think more and more people are starting to talk about the topic in the media in our culture generally and we were actually speaking at an event recently in partnership with AXA PPP healthcare and the big topic that came out was actually employees employers are starting to look in health and well-being as a clear strategy in their business a because it helps form an attraction and retention point of view for staff because they're more likely to go to a business that has has got a clear health and well-being strategy but also the fact that as Liz's mentioned the more and more evidence is showing that a happier healthier workforce are more productive more creative and that can only be good for business so I think whether you're running a small SME 10 people or whether you're a big bank with tens of thousands I think the leaders in those businesses starting to really think about it as a way forward yeah it's sort of a moral obligation really isn't it to look after your staff of course but businesses look at their bottom line they want to know how it you know it improves their business when it comes to money yeah but what do you notice you get more out of when it comes to your business if you look after your staff I find that things like flexible working makes a huge difference and my view is listen if I trust somebody enough to pay you I'm going to trust you to be able to work at home I don't necessary want to schlep into the commute and arrive tired and exhausted and frazzled if you can get up and start working at home and be productive then that's fine by me so I love building teams and communities and I think that strengthens relationships it reduces office politics because I work in well-being we have a well-being Wednesday which is like a bring and share lunch and I write about gut health there's lots of fermented foods and there's big links between mental health and what we eat and how we can prove how we feel we encourage people talking about sleep strategies because sleep is a huge business interest in that one I know you can't make good decisions can you if you haven't had a good night's sleep so how do we make sure that people can better protect their sleep so they're better able to work and EJ doesn't have to cost companies a lot of money to put some of these measures in place we were talking a couple of weeks ago here on Sunrise about to tackle the nation's obesity crisis workplaces should introduce lunchtime yoga for example which isn't actually eating up any company time it's eating up employees time but it's actually beneficial for them yeah I think what I'm certainly hearing about from from members of the club entrepreneurs that work really work really well is offering the options so someone would love yoga and may try it and think this is great this is really for me other people really enjoy meditation other people were just like I just want to get on and do my work so I can go home a bit earlier and spend time with my family and not feel pressured that I have to do things and work other organizations have created better environments or one person at this event mentioned you had a has a ratio of 45 plants per per head in his team laughter great which is great so he keeps that as a kind of key measurement I went into an organization the other day and it was one of these M communal workspaces lots of companies work in there and they had sleep pods in there yeah I'm advocating those here at Sky maybe for us during the break because obviously I'm very sleep-deprived yeah sleep pods are a great idea I think yeah 20 bit 20 minute power naps proven to just shut your brain down have a quick quick rest and then you can come back to work so I think having all those options is is what works really really well I was talking to a friend yesterday who's been working in China and she said there's compulsory sleep after lunch literally everybody stops between being a nursery school having and they go and lie down on their blankets they have a nap and then the whole nation pretty much is is doing that okay I'm all for sleep pause and power naps that's what I'm taking away Liz and EJ thank you so much health and well-being at work all that politics is coming up in about five minutes I know so I'll get a nap then but before that here's the weather it Isabel

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