When leaders are looking to drive performance quickly then somewhat counter intuitively taking a moment to pause, reflect and consider the health, wellbeing and mindfulness of their people can be just the tiger in the tank their organisation has been looking for.
Traditional morale boosting team building events can have a really positive short term effect on any team. Providing the team building event has been well targeted it can be an ideal rallying cry for a new campaign or a warmly received thank you for a job well done but the effects of even the most effective team build can be relatively short lived as teams soon slip back into their usual ways.
When employers begin to consider things like the mindfulness, the quality of nutrition and the functional fitness of their employees they open a door to a range of far more integrated and nuanced team development workshops and programmes which are rooted firmly in the lifestyles of a team as opposed to its dynamics.
More and more of EML’s clients have begun to integrate mindfulness, health and well being programmes into the fabric of their organisation. Gym memberships, exercise classes on site, healthy food, yoga and meditation have all been used by our clients to promote health, wellbeing and mindfulness to their employees with great effect.
Reacting to this shift in focus by our customers we have developed a series of group based health, well being and mindfulness workshops which are an ideal conference team building session or launch platform for your new internal health and well being programme.
Our Functional Fitness Workshop looks at the impact of modern life on the human body. Using low impact and inclusive movement based group exercises we demonstrate how sitting in chairs, driving cars and using smart phones has inhibited our natural range of movement and altered the muscles in our body.
Delivered by accredited functional fitness experts our Functional Fitness Workshop aims to facilitate greater awareness to the changes happening in our bodies and to equip your staff with the knowledge to revers these changes.
Why Functional Fitness? – It’s simple - counteracting the negative effects of modern life with some of the simple strengthening exercises and stretches featured in our workshop can help your employees to avoid back pain, migraines and injury thus staying fitter, and more productive, for longer.
Our Nutrition Workshop, based around making smoothies, demonstrates to your team how easy, quick and cheap it is to make tasty, nutritious and vitamin loaded smoothies to incorporate within their days. Delivered by professional chefs we will provide everything your team needs to get hands on and learn by doing as they choose, chop, blend their choice of fresh ingredients from our ‘market stall’.
Why Nutrition? – home-made smoothies (minus the sugar of their mass produced cousins) are fantastic for detox, aiding digestion, weight loss, getting your ‘five a day’, strengthening the immune system, enhancing athletic performance and even beauty by enhancing radiance… need we say more?!
If nutrition and fitness are for the body then our final workshop, Mindfulness, is most definitely for the soul. The ability to centre oneself, focus on the present and make better decisions is not just for Zen masters, our workshop demonstrates how elite sports people and senior business people use mindfulness to help them achieve their goals.. Delivered by accredited instructors our workshop facilitates greater mindfulness through the application of a series of simple breathing and meditation techniques designed to augment focus and concentration.
Why? According to the NHS “Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.” In a business sense we believe that act of becoming more present allows your staff to make better decisions, communicate with each other and mange themselves more effectively.
If you would like to discuss a Health and wellbeing launch event or if you would like help or advice with implementing functional fitness programmes or mindfulness classes within your organisation or team then we would love to speak with you on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)1905 330660.
by Neil Cleaver
Neil is a co-founder and director of EML Team and has worked in the delivery of tailored team building events and workshops for 20 years.