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#S3E1: Maintaining and Improving Employee Performance and Wellbeing


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Silicon South brings Dorset’s top experts together for an informative discussion around maintaining and improving the performance & wellbeing of employees, in what has been the most challenging of times.


More broadly, this event looks at techniques for improving employee wellbeing and productivity, as well as managing the impact of digital and remote working.

Furthermore, the panel explores the increasing pressures of digital and technological interactions, how to keep one’s cool in challenging conditions and improving staff engagement overall through a sustainability agenda.


Our panel for this episode are:

Jen Swaine - 3 Sided Cube

Carolyn Freeman - Cybercology

Tracey Howes - Advanced Oxygen Advantage Instructor

Nick Whitnell - Daring Works


This episode of 10th Degree covers:

  • Breathwork session

  • Burnout, stress and struggle with work and life

  • Productivity during and since lockdown

  • Looking after staff wellbeing

  • Navigating hybrid working and keeping the team connected

  • Maintaining company culture with hybrid working

  • Having a deeper purpose in your business

  • How critical it is to customise wellbeing implementation

Links:


Silicon South Website: https://siliconsouth.org.uk/maintaining-and-improving-employee-performance-and-wellbeing/

Anthony Story: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-story-4032a63/

Jen Swaine: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jen-swain-3b49a190/

Carolyn Freeman - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolyn-freeman/

Tracey Howes - https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceyhowes/

Nick Whitnell - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickwhitnell/


Key highlights:


“I want you to close your eyes if you wish just to focus on the sensation of breath. We're only breathing through the nose and mouth.” - 5:56 - Tracey Howes


“Let me introduce the rest of the panel.- 8:34 - Anthony Story


“People are really just burnt out and really stress and really struggling to manage work and life.” - 10:33 - Carolyn Freeman


“The time that people spent in that transition between work and home isn't there anymore. So you spend that time online in front of your laptop, answering emails and checking whatever else is going on with your projects. But actually, what the research has shown is that you are cognitively exhausted because of those extra hours you spending.” - 15:38 - Carolyn Freeman


“All of our work is kind of centred around having social impacts and environmental impacts.” - 24:12 - Jen Swaine


“We put in place quite early on was around how we just did our mental wellbeing benefits. So we introduced subsidised paid for counselling up to 10 sessions for every, every single person in the team” - 25:33 - Jen Swaine


“We all have a start-up on a Monday morning at about 9:30, which is just a chance for everybody to feel part of it and understand about what's going on that week, what's coming down the tracks for the next few weeks. And then we also do a really nice full team session on a Friday. It's around four o'clock and we usually say, you know, grab a beer or have a beverage of your choice for that. At that point, everyone sits down and we talk about a couple of things that have happened that week." - 31:59 - Jen Swaine


“From a culture point of view, how do you how do you manage hybrid working and kind of maintain culture in both ways of working?” - 36:16 - Anthony Story


“I think it comes back to what's the reason for you making a request or are you thinking about me as an individual? I think sometimes we can do things because we believe it's what's expected based upon the norms and values in the system in which we find ourselves. But actually, if you can say to somebody, I can be just as effective at home, why am I coming to the office? Is this just because you like me there? Do you do it on a bum, on a seat?” - 36:28 - Nick Whitnell


“People like Patagonia were a pioneer of this. You then you and Ben and Jerry's, things like that. So it's a community that goes back to this idea that you can create very powerful, impactful, profitable businesses that have a deeper purpose. So this isn't just about pure profits. This is about thinking about everybody and stakeholders, not shareholders." - 38:10 - Nick Whitnell


"In my research around employee health and wellbeing, it's absolutely critical to look at customising wellbeing implementation because what works for one doesn't work for all." - 47:10 - Tracey Howes


"Your nose is connected directly to your brain. So by breathing through your nose, your oxygen makes your brain important for deep learning memory, concentration focus. And if I take the science and the practical exercises and we transplant that into a work environment, how does that look for your employees?"- 51:21 - Tracey Howes


"Q&A Session" - 55:59 - Anthony Story