Image sourceWhy would Huffington give up the top job at the Pulitzer prize-winning news site with over 100 million monthly users, that she notoriously worked 18-hour days to build, to start a new business that encourages people to get eight hours sleep? In 2005 when Arianna co-founded The Huffington Post, the term “wellness” meant something along the lines of popping the occasional multi vitamin, eating Sainsbury’s “Be Good to Yourself” range, discussing work-life balance over a cocktail and hitting the treadmill at 5am These days, corporate wellness is big business – £8bn in 2018, as predicted by Thrive. With mindfulness training, nutrition advice and flexible working hours emanating from the world’s top offices, big corporations are happy to adopt wellness plans to help attract and retain top talent with a different set of values to their peers before them. Huffington is no stranger to “wellness”, having written two books around the subject, “Thrive” and “The Sleep Revolution”, as well as using her celebrity to promote consumer and corporate wellness at high profile events. Her efforts have no doubt contributed to the widespread rethinking of our understanding of mental and physical health in the last few years, and its impact on our attitudes to office work.
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Read on the next page for the ten free (or cheap!) ways that companies, whatever size, can promote office wellness without splashing out on Thrive, and potentiality reap the benefits of a happier and healthier workforce.
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