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Time To Thrive At Work 

Supporting Chronic Pain & Illness in The Workplace

Chronic health conditions like arthritis can impact all areas of your life, including work. However, work often provides a sense of purpose, value, identity, achievement and a much needed support network, and is usually feasible for most people with chronic illness, or associated condition.

As a manager or team leader, it's not only important (and a legal requirement) to help people with chronic conditions work safely and comfortably, it's also important to create an open, supportive culture that encourages people to feel able to ask for any adjustments they need in order to work productively. 

Arthritis and related conditions can be 'hidden' and people's symptoms may vary from day to day, which can make it difficult for some people to understand. As well as physical symptoms like pain, fatigue and brain fog, people with chronic illness may also experience emotional and mental challenges. These often include living with feelings of shame, guilt, and frustration, as well as stress, anxiety, and depression. 

That's where Keystone Coaching can help. Grounded in scientific research in positive psychology & coaching psychology, our training and coaching services cover the following core areas to help your organisation thrive: 

  • Compassionate Leadership & Management

  • Supporting Mental & Physical Wellbeing at Work

  • Mindfulness to Manage Stress


Find out more below and book a discovery call to discuss how we can help you and your organisation.

Book A Workshop

Compassionate Leadership & Management for Chronic Illness

This workshop will help you understand the hidden physical & mental impact of chronic illness, reasonable adjustments that enable all employees to succeed at work, and how your leadership style can foster a compassionate, supportive workplace in which everyone thrives.

Supporting Mental & Physical Wellbeing at Work

Learn simple practical strategies to support mental and physical wellbeing at work and create better life balance. You will explore how you can manage your time and energy, actions that can reduce your risk of injury, how to handle negative thoughts and emotions, and research-based activities that improve wellbeing.

Mindfulness to Manage Stress & Reduce Burnout

Research shows that mindfulness can maximise performance by improving focus, creativity and communication, as well as reducing stress, anxiety and burnout. This science-focused 'woo'-free workshop offers practical strategies to make mindfulness work for you.

Positive Psychology in the Workplace

According to the organisation, Great Place To Work, the companies listed on their '100 Best Companies To Work For 2022' list experience:

  • Half the staff turnover of their peers.

  • Employees who are six times more likely to recommend their employer to others.

  • Eighty percent of their employees look forward to coming to work and feel psychologically and emotionally healthy.

  • Ninety percent of employees say their company is a great place to work and feel cared for. 

The majority of the companies on this list recognise that their employees want, and deserve, more from them. They understand and respect their people have complex lives outside of work as individuals, families and communities, and take steps to support them holistically. They show genuine care, empathy and compassion, and demonstrate that they listen and value their teams. They promote a sense of belonging and work hard to foster a culture of positivity, inclusivity and purpose.

To achieve this success, organisations have made a commitment to build a positive and healthy work environment that is enjoyable, productive, and engaging. This involves integrating key positive psychology practices in the workplace to help people thrive and perform at their best.


Our core services are underpinned by positive psychology research and draw on a range of approaches including strengths, autonomy, compassionate leadership, self-determination theory, PERMA (Positive emotions, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) theory, growth mindset, empathy building, wellbeing, resilience, optimism & hope, gratitude, kindness, self-esteem and mindfulness.

We also offer executive coaching services to support organisations to fully embed these strategies in daily practices, develop effective leaders & managers, and encourage reflective, forward thinking employees.

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At the end, it's not about what you have, or even what you've accomplished. It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back.

Denzel Washington

Why Focus on Wellbeing at Work?

It has been widely reported that businesses globally are experiencing an increase in staff mental health and wellbeing issues, and employee engagement and productivity is at a worrying low; with only 14% of employees in Europe feeling engaged in 2022.


In the UK, employers are losing around £42 billion and 18 million working days due to employee stress, depression and anxiety, and the challenges brought by the pandemic only served to highlight the need for positive action around mental wellbeing at work.

In addition, how well organisations promote and support mental and physical wellbeing is increasingly important to employees. Recently many have been voting with their feet and seeking roles in organisations that actively promote wellbeing at work by offering flexible or condensed working hours, professional development coaching, gym membership, and the option to work from home. Some have even chosen to take a pay cut in order to experience a better quality of life and reduce work stress.

Research tells us that investing in employee wellbeing can lead to increased resilience, better employee engagement, reduced sickness absence and higher performance and productivity. However, wellbeing initiatives often fall short of their potential because they stand alone, isolated from the everyday business. To gain real benefit, employee wellbeing priorities must be integrated throughout an organisation, embedded in its culture, leadership and people management.

We can help you improve employee wellbeing by building resilience, courage, self-esteem and a more positive mindset at all levels of the organisation, as well as exploring practical changes to encourage a better work-play relationship.


Get in touch to find out more.

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