Balancing Body and Mind Within the Creative Industry

by Ryan Grundy at August 19, 2016

The operations team at fst has been hard at work over the past couple of months. With phase one of the new office refurbishment almost complete, an exciting recruitment drive taking shape and the meticulous planning of the annual fst away day, it often seems there aren’t enough hours in the week!

However, our focus is centred on one all-encompassing objective: to keep the fst machine well oiled, happy and performing at optimum aptitude. That’s why back in May this year, we put together an annual wellbeing programme to ensure that the health, mood, passion and productivity levels around the office never waver.

This idea was partially inspired by our work for long-standing client, Lendlease. We were privileged to promote their fantastic wellbeing programme to all of their European staff in a project that made us realise that we have a responsibility to look after our own team, not only as employees, but also as people.

By keeping everybody positive and providing them with more than just hard skill development and ‘on the job’ training, we expect to make individuals more rounded in their outlook on life, both in and out of the office.

So how does it work?

The fst programme consists of six bi-monthly focus areas that aim to both educate and encourage the team to take control of their overall health. During the first month of each focus area, we will be inviting a special guest speaker into the office for a talk, followed by a group activity during the second month.

You may have caught a glimpse of the first focus area on social media back in July: Physical health. For this segment, we got in touch with Halsa Care Group, the largest provider of physiotherapy and chiropractic care in Europe.



We invited one of their chiropractors to the office, who performed an educational talk and a spinal health screening on every member of staff. Not only were we educated on our own personal conditions, but also we learnt about the importance of keeping the spine healthy and the various sources of stress that the spine can absorb: physical, mental and chemical. Our follow up activity will be a group Pilates class in August, so keep your eyes peeled for pictures!

Our main goal for the wellbeing programme is to get the entire fst family actively taking control of their overall health. And we aren’t talking strictly physical. The remaining focus areas are:

  • The Office Workspace
  • Financial Health
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Rest and Recuperation

I asked Annalize what she thought of the wellbeing programme so far. Here’s what she had to say:

“I think the wellbeing programme is a great idea. There are so many times I’ve thought about getting certain things checked out, but work and other commitments always seem to take priority, and health concerns take a back seat. The introduction of the wellbeing programme makes everything more accessible and ensures that the health of both body and mind is a top priority”

Do you allow your wellbeing take a back seat? Let us know your thoughts on maintaining an even work/life balance.