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Andy Romero-Birkbeck

About Andy Romero-Birkbeck

Andy is a Health, Fitness & Wellbeing Professional with experience in both public health and corporate wellbeing. Although he specialises in health screening and physical fitness he is increasing engaged in the subjects of stress, resilience and mental health.

Andy often speaks at CIPD events in his area of West & North Yorkshire and is always happy to build new professional relations.

HR strategy and planning – Wellbeing’s place in the workplace

There are four key pillars of wellbeing: mental, physical, social and financial. Let’s start by stating the obvious: the lockdown period caused as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has had a serious impact on all four pillars. Those isolating may be suffering from mental health problems such as increased stress, anxiety or depression. Of course, social interactions have depleted and the way we connect with one another has been dependent on technology. Those furloughed or made redundant will be experiencing financial hardship, while the way we budget and our value of money has changed. After all, when’s the last time you went out for a pint or blew your budget on a new wardrobe? Finally, we must all consider the deep impact lockdown has had on our physical health. Working from home has brought about a myriad of physical complications, from musculoskeletal pain through to eye strain and increased headaches.

Article by 1 July 2020

Wellbeing & Performance – 5 tips to help your people thrive.

As more and more organisations are realising the long term benefits of wellbeing investment there’s still many businesses out there lagging behind. We’re often challenged by old school mentalities that either don’t get it or they are just to “Manly” to admit that some people need more support. As a wellbeing provider one of my key roles is to take the non believers and persuade them that looking after their people will both benefit themselves and the organisations.

Article by 12 March 2020

Happiness – How to create a happy workforce

Wellbeing at work is very much the hot topic, largely due to the rising mental illness statistics and increased number of public figures opening up about their personal experiences. To kick things off I want to take a look at the definition of wellbeing. This is very much a personal perception but is generally defined as a persons health and happiness. We know that health is generally measurable, for example I could take your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol profile and various other biological measures and provide you with a cardiovascular risk score. Health is measurable!

Article by 6 November 2019

Keeping Wellbeing Alive

In previous blogs I have written about the rationale, the planning and implementation of a great wellbeing programme, but what about keeping it going? This I have found can be one of the more common struggles organisations face when running a programme. As a wellbeing provider we often get brought in to initiate the launch and drum up some excitement. Continued responsibility is something organisations sometimes pass on to their HR team to manage or nominated employees, who by the way are often already stretched!

Article by 30 July 2019

Perceptions of wellbeing – looking to the future

What if this was coping strategy for managing stress or anxiety? Would it then become acceptable? Fifty years ago if you saw someone running down the street you’d likely think “what have they nicked or who are they chasing?” Today when we see someone running down the street we know it's someone investing in their physical fitness. So, 50 years form now, will taking a minute to practice mindfulness in work become acceptable? I really hope so!

Article by 9 April 2019

Building An Effective Wellbeing Programme

Having delivered wellbeing programmes for both SME’s and International Organisations it’s always interesting to see how each company takes a different approach to implementing a wellbeing programme.  Some are executed perfectly while others completely miss the mark.   Having made my own fair share of mistakes I have learnt a lot about wellbeing and how to really make it work.  In this blog I want to provide you with some insights and my top tips one creating an engaging and inspiring wellbeing programme.

Article by 16 May 2018