I can see how much value Reuben's workshops have had in my team, from understanding themselves better and their drivers to helping them work in more productive ways. Reuben's data approach to topics was perfect.Marcie Evans, Campus Manager, ACG Yoobee School of Design
Why we do this
Three out of four New Zealanders aren't functioning at their best. At any one time, that affects about one in every six people in the workforce negatively. These days, about two thirds of employees say they are highly stressed at work. Here's the thing: Many Kiwis just haven't been equipped with the tools they need to consistently bring their mental A-game to their workplace, relationships, and life.
Businesses are losing out too. Employees are much less engaged and productive than they could be. Only 35% of Kiwis feel engaged - the second lowest percentage across 30 countries. It's not just a NZ problem though. Worldwide, about a quarter of employees are actively disengaged. Gallup estimates that disengagement has huge economic costs - £32 billion in the UK, 100 billion Euros in France, and $370 billion in the US.
70% of business leaders agree that engagement is critical to achieve business results, yet only 20% believe that their current approaches are being effective. We believe that equipping people with the mental tools they need to function effectively and letting them do so is what organisations need. Research shows that doing this can provide a return of more than 3 to 5 times the original investment. Moreover, it helps individuals enjoy higher mental well-being and greater resilience. As low mental health is now the largest single source of world economic burden, giving people these tools is good for our society too. Everyone wins when people function better.
What we do
Mindquip works with organisations to help their managers and staff function at their best. We increase staff engagement, productivity, performance, and safety. That, in turn, increases business success, profit, and return to shareholders.
Everything we do is based on scientific research. We draw on the scientific field of positive psychology, which studies optimal human functioning. We also draw on research in organisational psychology, social psychology, behavioural change, and physiology.
Based in Christchurch, we provide training and consulting services. We run science-based, down-to-earth, and efficient training workshops. They give people the essential tools they need to function at their best in any circumstances. We also work with organisations to create positive organisational changes that last.
We're a social enterprise. We benefit organisations through increased productivity and lower costs. At the same time, we're making a social impact by increasing people's well-being and resilience.
Increasing work engagement pays because it's the foundation of high-performance work practices. Organisations with high staff engagement enjoy 21% higher productivity, up to 60% lower turnover, 48% fewer safety incidents, and up to 22% greater profitability. Even small improvements make a difference. Every 10% improvement in engagement can increase an employee's effort level by 6% and performance by 2%.
Training staff to be at their best helps them to be capable of fully engaging and to be more willing to do so. European data shows that one of the largest drivers of engagement is a genuine concern with helping staff to feel and work at their best. Supporting staff to be at their best also benefits a company's reputation, enabling them to attract and retain high quality employees.
Smart companies invest in their human capital and it pays off financially. One study found that the 5-year shareholder return of companies with strong human capital practices is double that of companies with weak human capital practices.
Scientific evidence shows that the kinds of tools and insights we teach make a real difference in the workplace and at home. They help to raise and sustain higher levels of well-being and resilience. Over 85% of people we've trained to date have rated the training as either very valuable or extremely valuable to themselves or people they know. Here are some of the great comments we've got from people we've trained so far:
Excellent, short and sweet - straight to the point. Interesting and great to have some 'take-aways'.Diane Schenk
Opened our eyes to offering appreciation and being more aware of other people.Mike Hadley, Director, Avonmore Tertiary Institute
Great presentation, good slides, interactive. Nothing I would change. Being able to identify and bolster key strengths is the biggest takeaway for me. Thanks.Max Anderson
What we focused on during this training truly embraced everyday life and events. It provided strategies for focusing on the positives and downplaying the negatives. Thank you.Marylin Gayford, ACG Yoobee School of Design
Reuben really knows his subject! His presentations were super clear and well organised and backed up with lots of research findings. ... Thanks.Jane R.
Some really good topics that give you 'Ah-hah' moments. Already started using some of the tools Reuben has taught me.Zoi Fowler, Canterbury Employeers Chamber of Commerce
It's real, there is no hocus pocus here.Simon, Head of Finance, ACG Yoobee School of Design