Wellbeing Courses

Proactively focusing on employee wellbeing is a concern for most organisations. Simultaneously, employees are more and more aware of the importance of maintaining the physical and mental health.

It’s definitely not an optional extra and professionals who sacrifice a focus on their wellbeing end up burning out and fail to reach their true potential.

Our approach to training in this area is to give delegates the insight and skills that contribute positively to the maintenance of their own wellbeing in their own organisational setting. We avoid meaningless fads and focus on what scientific evidence tells us about health, pressure and stress, and how to navigate the challenges that come our way.

Our wellbeing training courses cover a range of relevant topics and can be run as either in-house workshops or in a webinar format.

Our three categories of wellbeing programmes:

Psychological Flexibility

Thinking and behavioural skills which help us respond to life’s challenges more effectively and pursue our meaningful goals.

Working Sustainably

Skills that help us deal with pressure and stress and develop a way of working that’s sustainable over the longer term.

Bite-sized Learning

Brief workshops, covering a range of workplace wellbeing topics. Perfect for ‘learn at lunch’ sessions, offsite sessions or webinars for a distributed team.

“Richard’s talk was insightful, informative and gave me that a-ha moment! Richard listened to our brief for his talks intently and got the material spot on. We wanted a talk that went deeper into the science whilst keeping a clear everyday application. Richard has a skill of talking to a large audience in a very personal, individual way, this has been my highlight of our speaker series so far!”
Katie Beales, Senior Learning & Development SpecialistBCG Digital Ventures

Psychological Flexibility

Psychological Flexibility is a set of thinking and behavioural skills that supports holistic wellbeing, resilience and goal-attainment in the workplace.

By practicing these skills, we become more self-aware and mindful of our approach, we learn to use values rather than emotions to guide our behaviour, and we learn how to persist in the pursuit of meaningful goals.

The scientific evidence supporting psychological flexibility is extremely powerful and the approach has been used in a wide range of organisational settings to boost employee health and satisfaction at work. Principles-led, it can be developed in a variety of ways, which is reflected in our courses. Click here to learn more about the concept.

“We asked Richard to run a few of his ‘PsychFlex 101’ sessions and 55 of my colleagues signed up for the initial workshops.

I was really impressed with their feedback, and their comments in the brief online survey we used afterwards illustrated just how keen they were to learn more and start putting this all into practice.”

Lorraine O'Sullivan - Group People DirectorDentsu Aegis Network Ireland

Me at My Best: a guide to psychological flexibility

This is our flagship wellbeing programme, which represents an excellent deep-dive into all of the skills of psychological flexibility. Delegates learn and practice techniques to increase their mindful focus, to reduce the impact of their unwelcome thoughts and emotions, to deal effectively with psychological discomfort, and to put their values into practice on a daily basis.

They will learn the role of our thinking and emotions in our inner life and how to gain greater focus on what really matters each day.

This programme can be augmented by one-to-one coaching sessions in subsequent weeks, to trouble-shoot and clarify as delegates implement their learning and deal with real-world obstacles. ‘Me at my best’ can be run as an intensive one-day programme, a four-part online programme or a self-directed online learning experience. Get in touch to discuss your needs and to find out more.

Working Sustainability

Working sustainably is all about acquiring the skills to better respond to the challenges we encounter, while also developing a resilient mindset and helpful, healthy coping habits.

We challenge delegates to explore how they respond to setbacks and pressure and explain how changes to their mindset and habits will assist them in persisting in a healthy and sustainable way.

Our training programmes are highly interactive, memorable and evidence-based, with an emphasis on action-planning for sustainable behaviour change.

‘A mind like water’ – Dealing effectively with pressure and stress

This workshop demystifies job-related stress and explores the mind-body interface, so that delegates understand where their experience of stress comes from. We share a combination of thinking and behavioural skills to help delegate re-appraise pressure and respond to it in a more sustainable and effective way.

Delegates will learn how to deal more effectively with the things they can’t control and and how use healthy and sustainable coping strategies in the face of pressure.

‘Fit for the future’ – Developing a resilient outlook

This day-long workshop focuses on identifying appropriate thinking and behavioural responses to challenges and setbacks, and building an effective strategy for boosting resilience. We cover the building blocks of resilience, how to overcome setbacks and how to persist in the face of challenges.

This workshop can be augmented with the completion of a Resilience questionnaire (the RQi) and individual feedback, to provide a truly tailored and individual insight into their resilience journey.

‘Think again’ – Understanding mental health at work

This workshop focuses on demystifying mental health and increasing delegates’ comfort in speaking about it. We present mental health as a continuum, rather than categories or labels. We explore the origins of common mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, job-related stress), their prevalence in the population, and the success of various therapeutic interventions.

This is not a therapy workshop, rather an opportunity to focus on facts and have a helpful discussion about everyone’s mental health.

Wellbeing Essentials

Bite-sized learning to boost your wellbeing

These 90 minute workshops represent an interactive and impactful way to introduce key wellbeing concepts to your employees. Designed to fit in with ‘learn at lunch’ or offsite gatherings, the sessions are designed to capture delegates’ attention and cover skills they can put into use immediately.

When operational arrangements mean day-long workshops aren’t practical, our Wellbeing Essentials sessions are a fantastic alternative. And for geographically-distributed teams, all of our Essentials sessions can be delivered remotely via webinar. Just get in touch to find out more.

Our Wellbeing Essentials workshops can also be run in combination as an ongoing wellbeing programme across several months. This ensures that a number of relevant and impactful topics are covered, with time in between to reflect, experiment and embed new habits.

Managing Pressure at Work

The average workplace is littered with sources of pressure and stress, yet we can all respond to these stressors in different ways. This workshop explores typical responses to pressure, busts myths about stress, and shows delegates how to minimise the impact of stressors and how to use healthy and sustainable coping skills.

Healthy Sleep Habits

Sleep is one of the most important building-blocks of our wellbeing, yet it’s something that modern life encourages us to neglect. Despite knowing intuitively that we feel better after a good night’s sleep, many of our habits impact sleep quality on a regular basis. This session busts common myths about sleep, explains the benefits of sleep for our wellbeing, productivity and effectiveness at work, while also exploring how we can improve the quality and duration of our sleep.

Think about your thinking

Our minds are incredible thinking machines, but the ‘stuff’ they produce can often lead to unwelcome feelings and unhelpful behaviours. We can get caught up with worries, memories, assumptions and judgements, all to the detriment of the priorities right in front of us. This session teaches attendees key ‘defusion‘ skills, so they can see their thoughts for what they are – not what they say they are.

Dr. Richard MacKinnon has coached many of our employees over the past years and all have found him to be hugely beneficial for both work and personal life. Richard also recently completed a session on the benefits of sleep for our employees who have provided fantastic feedback on how the session has helped them through the challenging climate we are living in. The ‘Healthy Sleep Habits’ session gave fantastic insight into how such a simple and free thing can benefit you greatly!
Laura Bourke - People Solutions PartnerDentsu Aegis Network
“Given the challenging context we’re all living through at the moment, I asked Richard to run one of his webinars. The session was insightful, evidence-based, engaging and interactive. We learnt how the skills of psychological flexibility can be put into practice in our everyday lives and how they impact our wellbeing and resilience. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Richard and the WorkLifePsych team when it comes to workplace wellbeing events”
Ed Ling - Chief Growth and Operations OfficerMediaCom

Healthy at Home

With so many people working from home, either on a permanent or occasional basis, it’s important to remember how this new context can impact our wellbeing. This workshop explains what to pay attention to when maintaining your psychological, physical and social wellbeing while working away from the office. From the importance of your workstation set-up, the benefits of proactive communication, and why managing boundaries with intent is key to avoiding burnout.

Mindfulness Essentials

A mindful focus on the here and now is one of the core skills of Psychological Flexibility. Yet our workplaces are littered with distractions and we’re actively encouraged to multi-task! This multi-tasking can lead to anxiety and overwhelm, which is where mindfulness comes in. This session represents an interactive and accessible introduction to developing mindful focus and attention management, to give delegates the ability to better notice when their attention wanders and how to direct it where it’s most helpful.

Resilience Essentials

This workshop explores the thinking and behavioural habits that contribute to our resilience. We present resilience, not as a magical quality that only a few possess, but as a set of skills that virtually anyone can develop. The focus is on cultivating a plentiful ‘toolkit’ of psychological resources now, to better deal with the future challenges and setbacks we’re likely to face at work.

Discussing wellbeing

This workshop is aimed at team leaders, managers and organisational leaders, to equip them with the insight and skills to discuss wellbeing at work. Sometimes regarded as a ‘difficult’ or taboo topics, it’s key for people managers to be able to discuss wellbeing effectively when they notice changes in attitude, behaviour or attendance. We’ll cover what to look out for from a wellbeing perspective, how to initiate conversations and how to signpost sources of support.

Show up! Let go! Get moving!

The perfect introduction to the skills of Psychological Flexibility, this session explores the various ways our thinking and typical responses to unpleasant events in our environment can trip us up. Delegates will learn how develop thinking and behavioural skills to develop a better relationship with our thoughts and emotions, to persist in the face of challenges.