PRODUCTIVE WELLBEING

 

Productive Wellbeing is the marriage of two disciplines productivity and wellbeing that have traditionally been addressed as separate entities.

Providing or attending workshops, seminars, buying books, apps, and gadgets implementing strategies and systems and yet nothing has been able to turn around the problem of declining productivity in the UK.

Research carried out by a team at McKinsey & Company in 2018 explains 'Why the United Kingdom has been experiencing historically low productivity growth', click here to access the report.

Yet in 2020 (Covid-19 aside) things do not appear to be turning around.

It is our belief that wellbeing is the missing piece in the puzzle, supported by research out of Warwick University. Research headed up by two professors in the Economics Department (Daniel Sgroi and Christopher Roth) looking at how behavioural economics drives wellbeing at a national and individual level. Click here for their paper on happiness and productivity.

A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics Data on personal and economic wellbeing for Great Britain in June 2020. concluded that 'While our day-to-day emotions like happiness and anxiety have improved since the beginning of lockdown, our assessment of life overall, such as our life satisfaction and feeling that the things we do are worthwhile, have remained subdued since 20 March 2020.' Click here for the full ONS report.

Then there is the age old  problem of trust which the Corona Virus Pandemic has brought to a head like never before as the UK went into lockdown organisations implemented an immediate work from home strategy.

Which has since become the biggest real-life science experiment into the implications of 'trusting people to work from home'. With some organisations embracing the change and communicating policy updates to give their workforce more options and support as an unlock unfolds, while others install spyware to track up time versus down time, leading to a proliferation of tech solutions to 'fake up time'.

It is our belief that a decline in productivity correlates to organisational policies and cultures which fail to support, empower and train employees how to be responsible for their time, resilient in their approach and innovative in their flexibility to get the job done.

Productive Wellbeing is about seeing your workforce as your greatest asset, giving them the tools and strategies to remain mentally and physically well and empowered to be more productive because in doing so it aligns with their self integrity which matters more to them than a snack box, discount voucher, corporate perk or bonus.

When you empower people to work from their core values you won't need to continually keep giving them better perks because they will understand how to perform at the highest level of achievement.

 

THE PRODUCTIVE WELLBEING SHOW

THE BACK STORY

On Monday 16 March 2020, we started The Productive Wellbeing Show days before the UK followed it’s European neighbours and went into lockdown in response to the Corona Virus Global Pandemic that was sweeping the globe.

At the time of recording, Covid-19 was on the verge of shutting down the country and the world (it did on Monday 23 March 2020).

For the first 19 days of the show, we went LIVE on Linkedin and Facebook every day at 11 am, and as the weeks rolled on the show evolved as did the timetable.

THE MISSION

To support a global workforce finding themselves remote working, homeschooling, meal prepping, house cleaning, dog walking and cat wrangling…and to give them daily productivity and wellbeing tips, tools, and strategies.

 

Over the FIRST 13 weeks, Abigail Barnes hosted 52 Episodes, 2-panel shows, and had on 32 guests.

To date, the show has had over 10,000 views on 2 social platforms and more than 3,500 comments.

 

The Journey to the first 52 Episodes

Finishing the show on Episode 75 after going LIVE 5 days a week on Linkedin & Facebook for the first 3 months of the show (March-May) and then 3 days a week for the last 2 months (June &July) the show has been viewed over 20,000 times globally, hosted 47 guests, and delivered 7-panel shows.

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I decided to use a portion of the COVID-19 isolation, lockdown time to review, renew, reinvigorate and research my current skill areas, potential new areas and those areas which may need a top up.

I have signed up to watch numerous webinars from public, corporate, entrepreneurial and private companies. One such was a series of 20min daily webinars by Abigail. I found her approach, style, engagement and openness to be refreshing.

Her passion to support others whilst keeping her own ‘machinery’ in tip top working order was inspirational. So I decided to buy her ebook 'Time Management' and see how the written word matched up to the video channel. Well, I wasn’t disappointed, a clear, easy and common sense read. Although originally written in 2013 it’s content is equally relevant today. The structure, format, human emotionally intelligent approach allowed me to visualise where I sat. In today’s world the need to be very focussed and in control I would argue, is many times more important than just 7 years ago.

The ease to get distracted by technology, social media and voices in your ear concerning.

I look forward to Abigail's soon to be released new book. Thanks for writing this and allowing so many to peer into your life.

I will be following Abigail to see both her development for the future and to gain meaningful inspiration and support for my own needs. Andy.

Andy Parks

I have been delighted with Abigail’s shows and have taken at least one thing from each of them which I’ve taken onboard, whether it’s just reminding yourself to write things down, to be aware of what you eat or just look after yourself. Even just touching watching the shows and interacting with fellow viewers has helped enormously.

Sarah Paterson

The Productive Wellbeing Show and the development of The 888 Formula and challenge are both inspiring and encouraging for those looking to make more meaningful use of their work and personal time.

Abigail has organised a wonderful mix of inspirational speakers who in such a small time-frame have delivered some great life experiences, advice and top-tips for self-improvement. All episodes are on YouTube and highly recommended!

Personal favourites were Dinah Liversidge on re-framing your thinking; Lucy Brazier on how to drive forward in career with your personal profile; and Libby Moore on spirituality and working for Oprah!

Fantastic job, Abigail – you’ve made lockdown somewhat of a Positive Productivity Party!

Lorraine Bellamy