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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.

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

Spicing up engagement on a limited budget

When it comes to employee wellbeing variety really is the spice of life!  Many organisations miss the mark and don’t maximise engagement by simply limiting their range of services.  Usually due to a lack of budget and imagination.  Some of the most inclusive and engaging programmes cost the least, it just takes a little forethought.  One of my biggest frustrations in Employee Wellbeing is when organisations claim they don’t do anything because they don’t have a budget.  Obviously it’s always useful to have some funds available but even without a budget you can still implement a great culture and boost engagement.

Article by 13 March 2018

Planning A Wellbeing Programme

Having worked with a large number of organisations from different sectors I have been given a great insight into what works well and what completely misses the mark when it comes to running an employee wellbeing programme.  In this blog I have compiled my top three tips for planning a successful programme.

Article by 3 January 2018

Hormones & Work

Firstly you need to know the importance of Hormones.   Melatonin enables you to get to sleep and Cortisol wakes you up.  We obviously need both, but in the right balance and at the right time.   If you produce too much Cortisol leading up to bedtime it’s likely you’ll have a lower quality sleep.  If you don’t have enough through the day you’ll feel tired and be less productive.

Article by 7 November 2017

When the only exercise is ticking boxes

The easiest thing in the world is to throw money at a EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) and expect it to work but employees are too smart for that. They can smell a “tick box” exercise from a mile off. Some of the best Organisations I have worked with often spend the least but what they do is spend time planning and creating a culture of wellbeing aka “The Holy Grail”.

Article by 5 October 2017