Written by Perkbox. From our new eBook.

Spedan, the son of John Lewis — founder of the prolific department stores — joined the family business at the age of 19.

John Spedan Lewis

After his father’s death and a serious horse-riding accident left him unable to work for years he began implementing full employee-ownership by distributing profits. This soon developed into the John Lewis Partnership. Based on a mutual understanding between employees and their employer, this strategy fundamentally adopted a principle called the psychological contract. Providing a clear framework for an employment relationship, particularly its future, is of the utmost importance. Without this…

Written by Scott Laidler, The Telegraph’s men’s fitness columnist and achievement consultant, for Perkbox.

The Body Needs To Rest

To illustrate the human body’s need for rest let’s compare it to a factory machin. After all, we could well consider it the most advanced machine on the planet. Consider a factory machine performing at 100% day after day. First of all, you will realise great productivity and all is well. However, before long the machinery begins to break down until one day there is a big crash and the machine is rendered unable to function. Exactly the same is true…

Written for Perkbox by Dr. Steve G. Jones

Our society talks a lot about the importance of relaxation, especially in the work environment. But is it all just new age mumbo jumbo that wastes company dollars? I don’t think so, and there are studies to prove it too. This piece will discuss the need to slow down and take a break and how this can have positive impacts on both employees and employers.

The Physiological Design

The human body isn’t designed to expend energy continuously and those who try to do so often find themselves burnt out and less productive…

Perkbox explains…

We all have those days where we can’t get away at lunchtime for even a walk or maybe your boss values “face time” too much to ever let that happen.

Here are 4 tips from Grokker to help you fit in some exercise while stuck in the office.

Toning from your office chair

Verily magazine shows us that it’s possible to tone your tummy and glutes right from your office chair. With exercises called the “desk chair non-wall-sit” and the “I-need-to-adjust-my- monitor-air-squat” your colleagues may not even notice! …

Introducing the Cycle to Work scheme. Perkbox shows you how.

In line with our ‘Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Business’ week, we interviewed Steve Edgell, director of a Cycle To Work scheme. He explains how the scheme works and what employers can do to increase the fitness and ultimately productivity of their workforce.

What does the Cycle to Work scheme encourage? Employee fitness and wellbeing is at the heart of the principles promoted here at the Cycle to Work scheme. In London, transport costs are extremely high and every single emission contributes to global climate change, which is destroying the planet. Cycling is a carbon-neutral, environmentally-friendly mode of transport. …

Let Perkbox show you how…

The benefits of exercise for employee wellbeing are plentiful. Fitter employees tend to be healthier, more engaged in their work and more productive. It’s impossible to escape the daily reminders about how much more exercise we should be doing. We all know it’s good for us but do we know exactly why?

Let’s first look at some of the physical benefits:

Weight Management

Cultivating an active lifestyle burns calories, which helps you to keep your weight under control. Excess bodyweight and obesity are huge risk factors for many health problems that are avoidable with adequate exercise.

Heart Health

Physical activity…

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Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice that employers should not only consider for themselves; but also for their employees. A healthy diet improves mood, increases energy and boosts productivity. These are all traits that are sure to lead to a positive future for your company.

Who is Responsible for Employee Health?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers must provide clean drinking water and eating facilities in the workplace. However, they are not legally obliged to provide their employees with food. Ultimately, your employees have control over the food that they put in their mouths, but this is…

Scott Laidler, The Telegraph’s men’s fitness columnist and fitness guru, explains…

Your performance at work and in life in general is going to depend not just on your knowledge, skill set and experience but also on the way you treat your health. Nutrition is a key determinant of performance. Let’s take a look at some simple principles you can use to vastly increase your energy, vitality and, as a result, productivity and progression in the work place.

1. Hydration : To remember how important water is to the human race, we only need to consider that it comprises about 60% of our body weight. If deprived of it for too long…

Perkbox investigates the real effects of alcohol on employee productivity…

With the festive season rapidly approaching there are few of us who don’t look forward to a tipple or two. So it seems an apt time to take stock of drinking habits and, more to the point, how our employees’ drinking habits can affect profit and productivity.

Let’s raise our glasses to happiness and health

It’s no secret that alcohol abuse has long been associated with mental health issues such as depression. The majority of us know all too well of the wide ranging list of diseases that accompany binge drinking. …

What employees eat for breakfast and throughout the day hugely affects their mood, behaviour and, ultimately, their productivity. Although employers are not — by law — obliged to provide food in the office, it only takes a smidgeon of common sense to realise that it is in the interest of the employer to ensure their staff are well-fuelled with healthy food. Encouraging the team to eat a balanced diet should be near the top of the boss’ priority list.

But what exactly constitutes a balanced diet? …

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