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This Wednesday - Dragon Cafe in the City


Dragon Cafe in the City is back this week, on Wednesday 8 May. Completely free and open to anyone working in the City of London, Dragon Cafe in the City offers a space and wide range of activities to help City workers de-stress and unwind in Shoe Lane Library.

This week's programme includes yoga, chess strategy, massage,meditation and much more.

There's no need to pre-book, just turn up. A free and healthy lunch, refreshments and snacks are available to visitors.

Download a poster of this week's programme here.
Quote of the week:
"Another reason why we must pay attention to the prominence we place on alcohol at work is the negative impact it has on diversity and inclusion. There are many reasons why people do not drink, so we need a culture where colleagues do not feel the need to justify why they choose not to drink."  - "Calling time on our booze culture" - Laura Uberoi, Law Council Society Member and real estate finance solicitor at Macfarlanes 

Business Healthy is hosting a business roundtable discusson on alcohol in the City, on the morning of Monday 3 June, at Mizuho Bank.

This off-the-record session will allow representatives from City businesses to comment on the City Corporation's draft Alcohol Strategy.

Alcohol plays an important role in the working culture of the City - the draft Strategy aims to encourage City workers, among others, to safely and responsibly enjoy alcohol, without causing harm to their own health, compromise the safety of others, or negatively impact on their working life and productivity.

City businesses are a key stakeholder in this approach, with alcohol use cutting across many business priority areas, including health, safety and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and responsible business, to name a few.

To register your interest in attending, please email the team here.

We have lift-off


The third annual Business Healthy Challenge launched last week - 1st May - and is off to a strong start.

This year's Challenge, which is sponsored by Nomura and supported by Living Streets and Public Health England (London) is bigger and better than ever before.

Here are some vital statistics on this free Challenge so far...
  • 625 participants, representing 59 organisations of a range of sizes and sectors
  • 181 teams
  • 132,000 points recorded so far, with walking logged as the most popular activity
Challenge participants and City workers are able to benefit from a number of free activities taking part across the Square Mile this May, which offer the opportunity to make the most of the warmer weather and lighter evenings and get more active. A full timetable of events can be found here.
Coming up...
  • World No Tobacco Day (31 May)
At a sector event last week, an expert on non-communicable disease (NCD) referred to smoking breaks as a form of presenteeism.

City workers who smoke and want to quit can access free and non-judgemental support through WDP Square Mile Health. this service can be accessed through local drop-in clinics, through self-referral (online, email or phone), or by walking into any Boots store in the City.

World No Tobacco Day on 31 May provides a good opportunity to signpost staff to this service, where they can access free one-to-one coaching, e-cigarettes and/ or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

More information about local stop-smoking services for City workers can be found on WDP Square Mile Health's website here.

Abuse - not just a domestic issue

Domestic violence is extremely common and can affect anyone - no matter their gender, age, ethnic or socioeconomic background.

The City of London Corporation, City of London Police and Victim Support are inviting City employers to complete a short, but important survey about domestic violence and the workplace. Access the survey here.

Profiling jobs, firms and workers in the City

The City Corporation's latest City Statistics Briefing (March 2019) provides insight into employment and firms located within the Square Mile, as well as highlighting some recent changes to the City as a workplace, for example:
  • There are around 1,000 new start-ups each year in the City, 15% of which are in the tech sector
  • On average, 40% of workers in the City were born outside of the UK (2017 data)
  • There has been a 7% increase in employment levels among BAME individuals since 2011.
Access the full briefing here.

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