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Workplace Wellbeing

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is an evidence-based approach to improving a range of wellbeing matters and helping to enhance psychological flexibility. This programme can help you to focus on what really matters by offering techniques and strategies to enable you to move towards where you want to be in work, life and health.

The Challenge

Within life today, there is an increasing level of complexity, with many different competing challenges and demands in everyday life that we all must navigate through.

Many of us are constantly rushing around and thinking about what is next; so much so that we fail to notice or experience the here and now.

Psychological flexibility describes our ability to recognise and accept our thoughts, feelings and emotions, focus on living in the present moment, and take action that is guided by our values. This is very important to our emotional fitness and mental nimbleness.

The Mental Wellbeing Facts

Stress is a major problem in the world of work with 44% of long term absences attributed to stress and mental ill-health (CIPD Health and Wellbeing Survey at work 2018). 

The World health organisation calls stress 'the health epidemic of the twenty first century.

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Acceptance and Commitment Training in the Workplace

Acceptance and Commitment Training more commonly referred to as ACT was developed at City University, London by Dr. Paul Flaxman and Professor Frank Bond.  ACT is founded on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that leads to measurable behaviour change.  ACT focuses on improving psychological flexibility by learning to be fully present in the moment and, as a conscious human being, being able to flexibly change or maintain a behaviour that will move you toward what is needed in the moment to achieve valued goals.  

The programme is designed to help participants learn to:

  • More flexibly relate to the inner world of thoughts and feelings
  • Live more fully in the here and now
  • Get in touch with what matters most
  • Learn tools and strategies to improve general wellbeing

 ACT can also be provided in a coaching setting.

The Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) Model

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The Benefits

Research has demonstrated that ACT benefits employees and organisations through:

  • Increased wellbeing & resilience   
  • Improved performance
  • Reduced work stress/ burnout
  • Increased innovation in problem solving
  • Increased positive leadership behaviour
  • Reduced absenteeism

Our programmes have been proven to improve general wellbeing and psychological flexibility.

"I would highly recommend this programme not only as a way to support the individual physical and mental well-being of employees but also as a great team-building and bonding experience." Tory Kerley, Synergy Learning

There’s more about ACT here and a review of the growing evidence base here .

What the research says about Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) in the workplace

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