Walking the well-being talk


For many organisation money remains a significant barrier to fully embracing health and wellbeing in the workplace. Perceptions around costs and a struggle to measure and report on ROI appear as standout factors. Is there a work around based on weaving health and wellbeing into the very fabric of the organisation? Perhaps the key lies creating a culture of permission through a series of small steps that walk the wellbeing talk. 

It can start with management, walking the well-being talk to give ‘permission’ to be active in and around the workplace. Team managers can play two big roles in improving the health and well-being of organisations. Firstly, they can set examples for ‘social proof’, where team members feel it is ok to be getting out and being active during the working day. Secondly, if provided with appropriate training and have the right skills and attributes, team managers are there to temperature check the ongoing health of their team. Do they notice micro changes and can they appropriately act on emerging issues around mental health?

Facilities and technology can also start playing more of a part as well as HR’s benefit packages offering real choice with mind and body activities rather than just gym and snack.

Facilities can commit to providing decent well-maintained showers and the right privacy – not having to trudging through the office in your gym kit or buried in the basement carpark.

Tech can play their part too. Re-framing technology for offline support rather than greater tethering of employees to their desk, whether its office or remotely based. Real support with local access to a selection box of opportunities not just a tick box on the back of a pension package.

Here’s to less talk less, and more walk.

PRESS RELEASE: Tom Knight, former chief executive of JJB Sports appointed Chairman of fibodo (Find it, Book it, Do it)

London 21st September 2017 – fibodo, the FREE booking management software for sports and activity professionals (hosts), is excited to confirm the appointment of Tom Knight as Chairman of the company.

Following a successful career with Adidas, Tom formed his own sports retail company which he sold on to Blacks Leisure. He then became CEO of Blacks before taking up the CEO role at JJB, which grew successfully and profitably during his tenure. Since 2007 he has run a consultancy company providing advice to institutions and assistance to one of the largest online retailers. Tom has completed projects for Manchester City as well as JD Sports.

Tom has an established reputation with major sports brands, the investment community and with fellow colleagues, for honesty, integrity and professionalism,” said Anthony Franklin, fibodo’s Founder. “His dedication to the greater good and his talent for leading successful, high-growth sports industries make him an invaluable Chairman and addition to our board. We are proud to welcome him to the fibodo family.

I’m incredibly excited to be part of a cutting-edge technology company, that removes the barriers to participation in sports and activities, whilst supporting the people who help us all live happier, healthier lives,” said Tom. “Ever since I began speaking with Anthony, it has become more and more obvious to me, that fibodo fulfils a requirement for numerous parties. From the individual looking to get active, to the independent coach running their business, to the club trying to grow its membership, fibodo fits. fibodo will do for the sports and activities market, what AirBnB has done for the travel industry.

About fibodo

fibodo (find it. book it. do it.) provides an online and mobile IT solution, accessible to all. It gives an individual, club or business the online tools to sell their time based products and services, whilst engaging customers through a secure end-to-end booking experience.

fibodo is also good for corporates. fibodo’s b2b arm provides company’s with an online platform (private) that allows them to improve not only their employee health and well-being but also improve performance through greater engagement and involvement.

We believe technology should work, make things simple, so we created fibodo.

Registered office: fibodo Ltd, 418 Linen Hall, 162-168 Regents Street, London. W1B 5TD Registered Company: 08904097  




It’s not a digital revolution, we are a digital society!

We live in a material world, a society where consuming is as easy as pushing a button. we can pretty much find, buy and do everything online and whilst mobile. Through widely available and easily adopted open technology you can book a holiday on a bus, send money via text message, book cinema tickets in 2 clicks and order a taxi within minutes of your location. It’s online, it’s mobile and it’s all about now. We are not involved in a ‘digital revolution’ anymore, we are part of a digital society.

A recent survey confirmed only 5% of sporting activities are booked online, it’s crazy to think about the opportunities that are being missed. The majority of consumers are now digital, so it is simply about being a part of this community, contributing, helping to build and shape it, acting with, not dictating against.

We are a mobile nation; In fact, during a recent sports initiative over 70% of searches were made by phone or tablet. The biggest increase in internet use is cited among 16-24 year olds, almost tripling from 10 hours and 24 minutes each week in 2005 to 27 hours and 36 minutes by the end of 2014. Over 3 hours per day. Online shopping is now a default – total online sales were forecast to reach £52.25 billion in 2015, vs £44.97 billion in 2014.

The number of cash transactions will drop to just under 13 billion by 2023, while the number of cashless transactions – including cheques, credit cards, debit cards, contactless cards, direct debits, and standing orders – will rise to over 27 billion.

To get Britain active we need not look any further than the world we already live in, using the tools and infrastructure we have at hand to embrace our digital society.

Anthony Franklin, Founder

Learn more about hosting with fibodo.

The Culture, Innovation & Sustainability Project

fibodo is delighted to be chosen as the fulfillment partner for  Engage International’sCulture, Innovation & Sustainability Project” – encouraging varied and unique volunteering experiences in the workforce.

“We have an opportunity prepare for the future while also trying to make it better. People go to work for many reasons, to earn money, to better themselves, to have a sense of belonging or to work towards a common purpose. 

If we can create meaningful experiences that enable people to develop themselves, while contributing to creating a more sustainable society, it will be one of the most valuable gifts an employer can give“.

James Murphy,
Founder, Engage International

Running volunteering programmes can be very time-consuming needing a lot of intervention by a few people who know how things work. Technology should be an enabling and time-saving tool – we see it being used to promote, drive and measure volunteering.

With fibodo you can identify and promote volunteering that is likely to be of interest. fibodo offers relevant information to the volunteer, whether this be at the office, home, mobile – or whenever the inspirational calls“.

Anthony Franklin,
Founder, fibodo



Just doing it..

Its widely known through a growing volume of research that being active can help improve our mental and physical health as well as fostering a sense of community and belonging amongst any workforce.

Two big barriers, closely linked, linger – 1) the company’s true culture towards health and well-being of their people and 2) the challenge we as individuals face in how to best get started through finding something that’s ‘right for me’.

For organisations and for individuals finding a starting point can be a significant factor in following through with well-being ambitions.


For organisations, having a well-being strategy, it is potentially seen, by some as a hefty task to develop and commit for a company to create a strategy behind such a big, wide ranging topic as well-being, with a multitude of stakeholder opinions. Kicking it into the long grass for next year has its attractions, where its seen as a nice to have rather than in integral part of business as usual. Perhaps riding into town waving a well-being banner is not the best approach, perhaps just getting started in a smart way can create the traction and momentum to encourage and create the desired change.

Adding to perceptions around the size of the task is how the working environment is evolving and how new technology is developing. The likes of google hangouts, intranet sharing husband more and more ‘At Office Delivery’ of food, services and goods is pinning us to our desks, even during a lunch break. Surly there are opportunities to use online to get offline and outside the office?

Greater help with more ideas, opportunities and access to just getting started with an activity, alone or with friends, family of colleagues could be the key to healthier minds and bodies. Just picking and activity to be active with our body or mind, learn something new or rekindle an old skill could be that ‘great place to start’.

Are we looking at the territory of well-being in the workplace from the wrong direction…. just getting started with an activity might be the answer.

Next week – ‘Culture of permission – walking the wellbeing talk’