Many office spaces themselves have since been revamped so employees can opt for stand-up meetings if they wish. Standing not only improves the metabolism and wellbeing; it has also been shown to boost creativity and alertness. And, because our minds do well with downtime, a silence and meditation room is currently in the works, Sill explains.
Up and running
Yet redesigning the office can only do so much. People need to change their lifestyle habits too. “And that’s notoriously difficult,” says Sill. “We all know that we need more exercise, but the gap between knowing and doing remains hard to bridge.”
Real life gets in the way, which is where the Movement workshop came in. It was designed to drive action and immediately afterwards, people could sign up for the many company activities on offer including: yoga, cricket, squash, football and running.
“We had people who started from scratch in April, and are now regularly running five kilometers,” Sill says.
So far, 750 staff have taken part in the program. “People are so enthusiastic that we’re doing something to help them get healthier,” Sill says.
“I recently had someone telling me how they now start their day off with a smoothie they learned to make at the Nutrition workshop. They’d even gone and bought a Philips blender especially!”