Urban Business launches live streaming pop-up to support employee wellbeing during pandemic


Urban Business has launched a temporary online home for live-streamed, one-to-one and group wellbeing workshops in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The service aims to help corporate clients support their employees working from home whilst also supporting Urban’s community of self-employed, mobile practitioners by providing them with a safe way to earn from home.

Urban Business launches live streaming pop-up to support employee wellbeing during pandemic

Named ‘work from home community’, the new service offers live-streamed classes and workshops including mindfulness, financial wellbeing, nutrition, fitness and counselling, among others. Delivered by two-way video, the sessions range from 25 minutes to an hour, and are conducted by qualified Urban professionals from their own homes.

As events relating to the coronavirus outbreak rapidly unfold in both the UK and France – the two countries where Urban currently operates – founders Jack Tang and Giles Williams are acutely aware of the impact they may have on the careers of 3,500+ independent professionals.

“We saw the unprecedented measures Italy was prompted to take to limit the spread of the virus a week ago, and we knew it was time to act fast,” says Tang. “Since then, we’ve been working around the clock to come up with innovative ways to support practitioners and our clients at a time when face-to-face contact is increasingly limited.”

Joanna Tong, commercial director at Urban, says: “Over the last few weeks, our clients and other businesses up and down the country have been facing huge financial, emotional and operational challenges. We believe that while companies are navigating these circumstances, it’s now more pertinent than ever to look after your employees’ wellbeing. This is why we have launched the work from home community – to deliver workshops and practices that can really help to address the challenges of working in isolation during anxious times, and take care of the most important part of your company – your people.

“With the range of services on offer, we hope that we can provide the support needed to help employees navigate a different way of working, by continuing to deliver our clients’ wellbeing programmes outside of the office environment until things begin to settle down.”

Each of the sessions have been designed to address the particular nuances of the home working environment and challenges of long-term remote working.

For example, Urban physiotherapists can provide one-to-one desk assessment consultations via the pop-up, to ensure that employees are correctly set up to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal issues arising. Mindfulness sessions, meanwhile, have been crafted to tackle two key concerns for the unusual period we’re experiencing: anxiety and loneliness. Using evidence-based approaches, Urban mindfulness experts will provide advice, techniques and companionship for calm and clarity at this uncertain time.

The work from home community gives multi-skilled practitioners another way to earn during this challenging period, whilst also reducing travel time, meaning they can deliver a higher quantity of sessions. Their skills, qualifications and DBS check are all verified when they join Urban, which makes the transition to new services both straight-forward for them, and trustworthy for clients.

Join the work from home community.

This article is provided by Urban.


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