We caught up with Louise Padmore, founding partner of Work Well Being. Designed to bring wellbeing into the heart of the workplace, Work Well Being is revolutionising the way many employers implement and evaluate employee wellbeing programmes and events.
Why did you start Work Well Being?
The idea came about after having spent many years working in media, advertising and sponsorship, struggling to find balance with a demanding career. I observed how working life was creeping into more and more aspects of my life, eating up any ‘free’ time that I once had, and as a result impacting on my health, relationships and general sense of wellbeing.
Simultaneously I had stumbled upon yoga, and having never really found a form of exercise that worked for me, I embraced the practice quickly, initially for the physical gratification that came with becoming leaner and stronger. It was only after several months of practice that I began to become aware of the greater change that was happening, I was growing calmer, less anxious, less fearful & more grateful. Yet despite the abundance of good that I knew practising yoga delivered for me, my work life meant that even committing to one class per week was a struggle.
I began to ponder an alternative way, if I was expected to be ‘always on’ and available outside of the standard working day, then surely it was only fair that some of that time be given back during office hours? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if employers actively supported and encouraged time for restoration and renewal as part of the working day, and acknowledged the benefits that this can bring not only to the mental and physical health of the individual, but also to the success and productivity of the business? And so, working in conjunction with my business partner Abby, Work Well Being was born!
What is your Mission?
Our mission is to change the way we work, based on the belief that when you feel well, you work well. We are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for personal wellbeing often pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list.
However, we believe we are witnessing the start of a collective awakening about the way in which we work, and the metrics of success are changing. Individuals are setting expectations of work beyond job function and pay, we are seeking to lead fuller, more impactful lives. We believe that those workplaces that will thrive in this new definition of what it means to be successful are those that can offer their employees something far more meaningful, wellbeing.
What do people learn in your sessions?
The services we offer provide a holistic approach to wellbeing, drawing on practices of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nutrition, Life Coaching & Alternative Therapies. At the heart of everything we do is about delivering meaningful experiences & skills which people can draw on to help find balance and a greater sense of wellbeing, and as a result from a business perspective, increased focus, performance & productivity. So this can range from helping people improve their sleep through Mindfulness, better managing stress using Emotional Freedom Technique, reducing tension in the neck and shoulders through Yoga, or reducing anxiety by deep breath work and Meditation.
What three things could every desk worker incorporate into their day to improve their well being?
1. Move! Don’t sit for long periods, movement reignites creativity & energy.
2. Remember to breathe! Sounds simple, but we often don’t realise that we hold or restrict our breath, particularly when we are stressed
3. Schedule time for personal wellbeing as important meetings in your diary, not to be missed. This is often easier said than done, but it is crucial to remain courageous in making time for what you know helps to bring you space & happiness