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Businesses back the Dragon Cafe

40 City employers, including the Bank of England, Legal & General and PwC, were represented at the sneak peek taster session of Dragon Cafe in the City last week.

Catherine Wallwork, Associate Director in Deloitte's Innovation Team, spoke to the audience about the company's ongoing work to introduce innovation, creativity and play into the workplace, to help enhance productivity and the wellbeing of staff. Creativity and play is highly valued by Deloitte and will be at the core of Dragon Cafe in the City's activities on offer to visitors.

Guests also took part in taster sessions, including origami, mindfulness and a Thrive LDN Problem-Solving Booth, providing them with an idea of the types of activities that will be on offer to their employees, once the Dragon Cafe in the City launches in early February.

Dragon Cafe in the City will be hosted in Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, London EC4A 3JR) fortnightly on Thursdays, between noon and 8:30pm. Offering a range of drop-in activities and workshops, such as short massage, chess strategy, creative classes, mindfulness and more, it is a completely free offer for those working or living in the Square Mile to help them build personal resilience and release the pressures of daily life.

The programme of activities will change on a fortnightly basis - to subscribe to updates about timetables or to find out more about the Cafe, please visit the website.

Dragon Cafe in the City is running as a six-month pilot and is a joint project of the Barbican and Communities Libraries, Business Healthy and Mental Fight Club and is jointly funded by Carnegie UK and the Wellcome Trust's "Engaging Libraries" programme and the City of London Corporation.

As a City employer, your assistance in spreading the word about this initiative to your staff will be critical in ensuring the success of Dragon Cafe in the City. Download shareable resources here.

Have your say

The term "disclosing" a mental health condition to employers is often bandied about, but can have negative connotations.

What do you think of this phrase? Are there any better alternatives? Have your say on the Business Healthy forum.

New resources

  • Employee financial wellbeing

Bank Workers Charity (BWC) has delved into the "hidden" problem of workers struggling with their finances and has published a whitepaper exploring this issue, how widespread it is and what employers can do to support staff experiencing poor financial wellbeing.

Employee financial wellbeing is set to be a key focus for many employers over the coming months and is particularly pertinent at this time of the year, as the credit hangover of the festive season begins to bite. Given the impact that struggling with finances can have on an individual's mental and physical health, this is an issue that should not be ignored. It is also suggested that stigma surrounding money worries is especially keen among those working in financial services. They fear that admitting an issue makes them unsuitable to their role handling money and that by speaking up could result in them losing their job.

To access the whitepaper and a downloadable infographic, visit the webpage here.
  • Free mental health e-learning module

The City of London Corporation is committed to improving and supporting the mental wellbeing of all living and working in the Square Mile. The aid this, it has made its "Line Manager's Guide to Mental Health" free to access for all Business Healthy members. The online training is interactive and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Access the module here. (The username is bhealthy and the password is mentalhealthguide2018)
Quote of the week: "Systemic cultural attitudes, like the taboo surrounding mental health, cannot be resolved by isolating the issue to HR" - Fiona Cannon OBE, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Lloyds Banking Group

Keeping business travellers happy and healthy

Advances in technology mean that we can facilitate a virtual meeting often more easily than a face-to-face one. Yet business travel continues to grow and for those frequently boarding planes or trains, or hitting the motorway, travel for work can often have significant adverse effects on their physical and mental wellbeing. What can employers do to improve this for their staff? Read here.
This week is...
  • World Cancer Day (Sunday 4th February)

It's coming...

The Business Healthy Challenge is returning for May 2018. This month-long physical activity challenge is a great way to encourage staff to be more active, earning points and winning prizes while competing against colleagues and participants from other City businesses.
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