The pace of life and work

These last couple of months, I’ve noticed a significant rise in requests from companies to help them with two critically important issues. The first one, is finding a solution for their workforce, who oftentimes experience a gigantic work overload, resulting in a continuous feeling of being stressed. The second issue has an entirely different nature,…

UAE: The impact of stress – and what you can do about it

It is worrying, but true. 42% of the 700 UAE workers questioned in 2016 for a global report by Steelcase chose stressful as the word to describe their workplace. Globally, the average is 35%, the UAE only fared better than South Africa with 48%. This percentage suggests that workplace stress plays a regular role rather…

The Corporate Wellbeing Coach

The Corporate Wellbeing Coach is an inspirational book, written by Hercules Academy coach Serge Haubourdin. It sheds light on the energetical dynamics of individuals and groups that occur when the psyche is combined with a conscious lifestyle as a whole and in terms of nutrition and exercise. The key elements of the book (job crafting,…

4 compelling reasons to implement Corporate Wellbeing now

The success of an organization depends heavily on the work performance and productivity of its human resources. The ability to function and perform at a high level consistently is supported by Corporate Wellbeing Programs. The introduction of such programs has been successful in that the results are beneficial for both the employees and the company at large….

From start-up to scale-up

Building breakthrough teams is not just a challenge for large organisations. For start-ups and scale-ups, the team is probably even more important. Most of the start-ups and scale-ups focus on “Realising The Dream” -thank God for that. It’s great to have a dream, it’s great to focus on it, but without an amazing team the dream won’t…

Stop Multitasking. Now.

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Feeling to a ladies’ event organized at the Mercedes Lounge during the Zoute Grand Prix. One of the keynote speakers at the event was Professor Elke Geraerts, specialized in Neuropsychology and i.a. postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and lecturer at St Andrews. Elke is also author of the fascinating book The New…

Success starts with being healthy

In an illuminating article on Inc, John Rampton explains how being healthy has an impact on your success. Unfortunately, simply eating a ton of greens and exercising for three hours a day won’t skyrocket your career. It’s not as simple as that. However, there is a clear connection between those two. Eating hamburgers for lunch for…

How humor creates winning teams

“If you can laugh together, you can work together” – Robert Orben Humor has always had a liberating effect, but it also increases productivity . Here are 7 effects of using humor in the workplace. 1) REMOVAL OF BARRIERS THAT SEPARATE MANAGEMENT FROM OTHER EMPLOYEES There are certain barriers that naturally exist between managers and non-management members of…

Inspire creativity and boost productivity through massage

In a recent article on Forbes, Raquel Baldelomar explains that massages are by no means the luxury items many people hold them for. Booking a thirty minute massage –or even a full spa day- isn’t spoiling yourself, Mrs. Baldelomar states. On the contrary, it is a necessity among many great business leaders. A lot of business…

All you need to know on employee wellness programs

First of all, let’s talk numbers –money and health wise. Corporate wellbeing or employee wellness programs typically generate a 300% return on investment, as shown in a Study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The financial gains are generally attributed to the immediate lowering of…

Case Study: High performing teams at ABN AMRO

The challenge In 2014, bank ABN AMRO went through a major restructuring phase, had a high burn-out rate among its employees and challenges with employee engagement scores. They also suffered from a negative perception by many of their customers. They created an internal Energy Program to tackle these issues and were looking for a trusted partner…