Time to put your employees’ wellbeing first? Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity team up for Business Brunch


Wednesday 27 February 2019



Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Education & Conference Centre is delighted to be hosting a seminar focusing on employee wellbeing, in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce on Tuesday 19 March.

Employee wellbeing is a hot topic at the moment with research revealing how looking after employees “benefits individuals, organisations and communities, with a positive impact on economic, social and health outcomes” (Source RAND Europe). As many organisations may already appreciate, a happy and engaged workforce results in increased productivity, loyalty and retention.

The morning starts with welcome drinks and a breakfast buffet at 9.30am, before two well-regarded speakers share their discoveries, thoughts and top tips on creating and maintaining wellbeing at work.

Emily West, Business Development Manager from design and marketing agency ‘made’ is passionate about sustainable development, organic growth, collaborative work culture and team leadership and is a self-confessed wellbeing advocate, environmentalist, travel zealot. She will be speaking about how the Swedish ethos of ‘Lagom’ can transform your working environment, team wellbeing and work-life balance. She is an advocate of a six-hour working day, adding: “To be able to have a work-life balance you have to know how much each one weighs. Our six-hour day of ‘rigid-flexibility’ creates the structure needed to keep work for work and home for home.”

Darren Lawrence, is committed to developing people and improving organisations. His experience as a business coach in grassroots sports spans 20 years, including stints with Sport England and The Football Association. He is now a business coach and consultant and currently works with a range of clients and organisations including local authorities and SME’s. His talk will encompass ‘What is wellbeing, and whose responsibility is it?’ He will draw from his personal experience and showcase examples from organisations to address these questions; as well as considering whether the concept of wellbeing is a fad or here to stay; and how we know when wellbeing strategies have worked. He believes that all types of business can benefit from thinking about employee wellbeing, commenting: “Fulfilling our responsibilities at work doesn’t mean we stop being human. The concept of employee wellbeing is rightly gaining momentum and the stigma that may have been there before around accessing support is being broken down. After all, happy and well employees are generally more productive and effective ones.”

John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, adds: “People are critical to a business’s success and it is imperative, when it is difficult to attract key people, that we focus on the welfare of our team. This is a unique opportunity to consider your employees well-being and actions you need to take to protect your valuable resource.”

Delegates will be given the opportunity to continue the conversation with a relaxed networking session. Kay Hardwick, Head of Education and Practice Development at Arthur Rank Hospice, says: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce on this business brunch. When we designed the Education & Conference Centre for the new hospice building, great thought was given to creating a venue which enabled creativity and would make people feel at ease. We think this event will do exactly that, bringing together stimulating ideas which can be openly discussed under one roof. Delegates will be going away with some very fresh and practical ideas, which can be applied to positive affect within their own organisations.”

The business brunch will be taking place between 9.30am and 12.30pm at the Hospice’s well-equipped Conference Centre, opposite the Gog Magog Golf Club in Shelford Bottom. The Centre is adjacent to the Babraham Road Park and Ride, where there is plentiful parking for delegates (please do not park in the Hospice car park, which is reserved for patients, their family members and loved ones).



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