Our Food Crew team of experienced Nutritionists deliver programmes that are designed to support, educate, empower, and improve the health of your employees through their food choices. We follow a 3 pillared approach, whether your workplace is big or small. 1. Measurement 2. Education 3. Communication
We understand that every team is different, and that differing priorities and challenges exist within teams. For any intervention to be most effective, we should firstly understand the attitudes, challenges, existing knowledge, and priorities of your team members.
– Attitudes and trends surveys
This measurement, taken at the outset and on completion of each programme, helps gain an understanding of team demographics, lifestyle factors, challenges, and topics of most concern. This will also allow us to measure the success of your programme and your return on investment.
– Engagement surveys
Short feedback and engagement surveys are used following each stage of a programme, allowing us to determine employee engagement and retention and to adjust different aspects of the programme e.g. topics covered
We are constantly bombarded with conflicting nutritional information. We might read one day that butter is bad for us, and the next day that it is in fact the healthiest choice. It’s no wonder there’s confusion around the truly healthiest choices.
Education is at the core of our approach and is designed to cut through the ‘nutribabble’, delivering clear and up to date information, and facilitating behavioural change through understanding. We believe in a practical approach to empowering your employees to support their health though nutrition, working at the pace of your team to build gradual and sustainable change through 2 tiers of delivery.
– Webinars and seminars
Our webinars and seminars focus on building awareness of different aspects of nutrition and healthy eating, from getting the basics right to delving into more specific topics like sleep, heart health or staying healthy while working from home.
Topics can be tailored to specific demographics, with some team members more interested in learning about healthy options for their family and others in fuelling themselves around sport or sustainable eating.
Webinar titles are designed to pique interest and reinforce our message that healthy eating can still be enjoyable. For example, our ‘Hunger Games’ webinar explores mindful eating and includes a mindful eating exercise. ‘What lies beneath’ takes a practical but entertaining look at food labelling, helping participants to identify sneaky or unwanted ingredients in food products they have to hand.
These sessions include practical tips on implementing and maintaining dietary change for better health and performance and are tailored to meet the specifics on your team. Information gathered in our attitudes and trends surveys helps to identify the topics of most relevance and interest to your team. Each session concludes with a practical challenge for all participants, supporting positive action.
Our individual clinics are hosted both virtually or in person and are a crucial piece of the nutritional wellness puzzle. These 15-minute sessions allow each team member to discuss their individual challenges and priorities, developing an individualised road map specifically for their own situation.
During a session, measurable and achievable outcomes will be agreed with each person, with specific activities identified to support each person to achieve their goals.
When in person, we use a clinical Tanita body composition monitor to measure weight, body fat, waist circumference and hydration levels. Virtual sessions include self-directed weight and waist circumference measurements in addition to qualitative scores for other health measures to help participants work towards mutually agreed goals.
We offer follow up clinics 8 or 12 weeks after initial clinics to encourage all participants to work towards their goals. We also provide ongoing encouragement and support in the form of health tips and recipes between clinics, helping each participant to build healthier eating habits.
– Your programme
Armed with survey information from your team, we can work with you to develop a programme targeted to the wellness needs of your team, with built in milestones, an ongoing communication programme and regular feedback.
We believe that food should be one of life’s greatest pleasures and don’t ever want to take the fun out of eating. Rather, our aim is to help your team have their cake and eat it, albeit not every day! Each member of our Food Crew is a practising Clinical Nutritionist and understands the challenges involved, no matter where each person is on the healthy eating scale. We use a fun and practical approach to grab and keep the attention of employees and get them as motivated by the benefits of healthy eating as we are.
To build engagement, we understand that your employees need regular contact. We ensure that they are regularly reminded of programme events and outcomes and share tips and recipes weekly, or as often as you feel appropriate, to keep healthy eating front of mind. Testimonials from employees are shared so other team members can share the experience with colleagues, building trust, engagement, and a healthier workplace culture.
– A focused employee message
We understand that employees are busy, so we keep our communication succinct and highlight topics likely to grab attention. Employees are more likely to attend a ‘How to have your cake and eat it’ seminar than one on the basics of healthy eating. Our communications strategy focuses on the outcomes from participation. Communicating positive results and feedback helps increase engagement and retention throughout the programme and beyond.
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Employee Financial Wellness delivers programmes that are designed to educate, empower, and improve the financial wellbeing of your employees.
We do this through a 3 pillared approach to improving the financial health of employees in workplaces big and small.
The measure of a workforce is fundamental to the success of an Employee Financial Wellness intervention. We must understand the attitudes, opinions, trends, and existing financial literacy levels of any given workforce.
Attitude and Trends Survey
This measurement is taken at the outset of a programme to gain an understanding of the base level of a workforce. This is our line in the sand survey. This will allows us to not only gain an insight into the demographics, financial lifecycle stage and topics of most concern to a workforce but will also allow us to measure the success of our programme and prove your return on investment.
This survey is taken at the outset and at the end of an Employee Financial Wellness intervention.
Feedback and engagement surveys are used following on from each tier of the programme. This measurement allows us to determine the popularity of various topics and will also allow us to establish the retention levels of employees through the various stages of the intervention.
These surveys look to garner feedback from individuals who have engaged with our webinars/seminars and our clinics. This is designed to determine the effect the programme has on the financial literacy and their sense of increased comfort employees have with their financial wellbeing.
New Starter Surveys.
Given new starters have very little experience of the culture of your organisation, these surveys provide an excellent opportunity for us to gain an understanding of their concerns, needs and wants.
New starters are going through a significant change in circumstance so often leave important financial decision on the long finger. These surveys allow us to determine the base level of new employees and can also be used to compare financial literacy levels of employees outside your organisation when compared against your existing employees.
Step 2 in the Employee Financial Wellness 3 pillared approach is Education.
At the very core of our approach is our education pillar. This pillar is designed to deliver behavioural change to your employees through an educational programme built to help employees understand their financial goals through 4 tiers of delivery.
We believe in a “No Surprises” approach to empowering employees to target future financial events to ensure that each employee fully understands the various elements that make up their financial worlds. These tiers are built bespoke to your organisations and can be used in isolation or all together.
Our 4 Tiers of Delivery
1. Webinars and Seminars
We don’t teach our kids how to manage their money in our schools, and as a result a huge number of us end up progressing through our careers without fully understanding “what a tracker mortgage is”.
The first deliver tier of Employee Financial Wellness looks to deliver group learning webinars/seminars that focus of the various financial life cycle stages of your workforce. We focus our group sessions on different demographics within an organisation including New Starters, Early -Mid-career employees, late-career employees, and redundancy sessions.
These sessions are designed to teach the theory of Employee Financial Wellness and financial planning to the masses and will look to empower employees to understand their short medium and long term goals and learn how to target their own future financial events.
Our specialist masterclasses look to target the individuals’ elements with an employee’s lives. While our seminars/webinars teach financial planning fundamentals, our masterclasses educate your employees on the individual topics with their financial setup.
Masterclasses include Mortgages Uncovered, Beat the Taxman (legally), Savings and Investments, Budgeting, Retire Well and Redundancy Decisions to name just a few.
Our individual clinics are also hosted both virtually or in-person and are a crucial piece of the Employee Financial Wellness jigsaw. Individual employee clinics are always extremely popular in that they afford your employees the opportunity to have an individualised financial roadmap built specifically for their situation.
Each employee is unique and has their own set of circumstances so our clinics allow employees to ask the question that is relevant to them and have items they never thoughts to consider highlighted to ensure that employees are set on the right path to achieving their life goals and dreams.
They are 30 minutes long and the employee will leave with some high-level direction and goals to work towards.
Employees will be provided with the opportunity to connect with real functioning solutions from regulated and qualified experts. One of the biggest obstacles to improved financial wellness is inaction.
Employees often engage with health promotion supports but without any action or change to their behaviour, they simply fall back into their old bad habits.
Employee Financial Wellness will ensure that employees are informed of the mechanics of how to makes changes to their financial set up which will, in turn, ensure that they arrive at their future financial events fully prepared for the associated cost.
The final step in the Employee Financial Wellness 3 pillared approach is Communication.
Being one of the newest members of the corporate wellbeing family, Employee Financial Wellness is designed to be fun, engaging, and interactive to ensure excellent engagement levels. Being financial experts, we are tasked with changing how financial education is delivered in that finances are often considered stuffy and uninspiring.
Employee Financial Wellness is further complicated by the fact that we deliver a preventive health promotion programme in that it is designed to prevent financial unwellness. Employees are sometimes unaware they need financial planning assistance so ensuring they engage is paramount to the success of the programme.
We have used a fun & fresh approach to our brand which grabs the attention of employees and looks anything but corporate and stuffy!
We engage employees through a number of communication methods.
Communication theory has shown us that to build engagement we must have several points of contact with employees. Employee Financial Wellness uses a communication approach that ensures that employees are regularly reminded of the programme delivery methods and schedule of events, the central topics of the programme and the outcomes for those who engage in the programme.
Furthermore, testimonials from employees are used so employees can see their colleagues speak about their experience with the programme to build trust, engagement, and improved financial wellness
We use a cartoon-based brand to enhance our engagement percentages as we know that the most successful financial wellness programmes globally are attractive, eye-catching, entertaining, interesting, and stimulating.
This approach has proved to be very popular with employers and it is consistent with the positive, fun, happy message employers want to deliver as part of their wellbeing initiatives.
Pointed Employee Communications.
Employees will not read anything of length and as such initial communication must be pointed and succinct. We highlight the issues that are most likely to grab attention and ensure that all communications have a snappy call to action.
Employees are much less likely to attend a “Tax” webinar and much more likely to engage with a “How to beat the Taxman.. legally!” webinar.
Given that Employee Financial Wellness is a preventative health promotion activity in that we want to change behaviours now to prevent future financial difficulties, we must focus part of our communications strategy on the outcome’s employees get from engaging with the programme.
Communicating positive results will increase the initial engagement and retention of employees through the tiers of the programme itself.