Some recent case studies
Action for Children
Simon was commissioned to train 5 cohorts of around 20 people, in an 8 week programme. As employees are all around the UK, the training was delivered entirely online using webinars and web-based learning materials.
Results were impressive, averaging over 50 % improvement in stress management capacity and productivity. 2000 further employees are lining up to do the training, to be resourced by training in-house facilitators.
HR manager Craig Cole said:
‘This is the most popular wellbeing training we’ve ever run; there’s a real buzz in the offices, with those who’ve been trained informally helping others. We think it’s made a significant difference already.’
Pembrokeshire County Council
Simon trained 15 members of the in-house coaching and Occupational Health team, to bring mindfulness into their work. Over the course of two half-day workshops, basic skills were introduced and staff considered how to build this into client interactions. They also learned how to give simple tools to employees to help them cope with anxiety, change and overload.
Training director Sue Swan said:
‘I was able to immediately apply the training with a coachee who presented with high levels of stress and a sense of being overwhelmed. Mindfulness work over three coaching sessions (which he diligently practiced in between) reduced his stress and anxiety to a point where he was able to be clear about what needed to change at work in order manage his workload.’
Simon worked with a group of 14 lawyers and operational managers to help them cope with a demanding workload and resulting anxieties. The training included face-to-face workshops, emails, texts and online resources, and ran for 6 weeks.
Whilst few participants made every workshop, the prompts and resources through other media enabled these busy people to practice when it suited them, and to learn to apply effective stress-reduction techniques that take 10 seconds or less.
HR director Paul Clayton said:
‘Simon’s training had an immediately beneficial effect. We saw productivity and chargeable time increase by around 20% and remain high, contributing to out most profitable quarter yet. Not only was it fantastic value; it’s also helped us create a happier workplace.’
Personal testimonials from trainees:
‘The busy world has not gone away but I somehow feel more in tune, more aware, clearer, more relaxed and less fearful. Thank you Simon, the learning is immeasurable.’
‘I would say that the course has made me 90% more focused. My role involves dealing with complex issues on a daily basis and I find that I now stop, breathe and focus on the now, before responding to anything.’
‘Through the training with Simon, I’m braver in my business and able to do things that challenge me, and I have a sense of peace inside of me that I can access even when times are hard.’
Latest course feedback via email (unedited):
1) How much better are you able to manage stress – as a rough percentage?
I’d say 70% more (I had a lot of stress during the past few months, 18 hour days with work and house renovations…….the timing was perfect!).
2) How much more focused or productive do you find you can be – as a rough percentage?
Again 70% more productive. I feel alive again and in touch with the world!!! I have a spring in my step and my mind feels sharper/more alert.
3) How could we improve the course, or what else would help during and after the course?
I wouldn’t suggest anything to improve the course. The times/delivery/presentation of the course via web was all ideal.
4) Any other comments that you’d be happy for me to use as a tesimonial or to encourage others?
This course is a must for absolutely everyone! The benefits are amazing. I remember at the time thinking how will I be able to commit timewise to this course…..says it all really!
I now see the world and others in it, instead of head down and how much can I get done in a day…merely coping and existing….I am now living!
Thank you so very much!
Sharron J, March 2018