I’m Lucy Griffith, the founder of Thrive at Work, and this is my story…
I have more than 20 years experience working in the health and wellbeing industry and 16 years experience within the corporate health sector, successfully managing and developing in-house health and fitness services for global companies.
I formed Thrive at Work in 2014 with a mission to bring a fresh and positive approach to wellbeing in the workplace. In creating my company’s services, I have carved out my own methods, weaving elements from the diverse techniques I have experienced in my past as a dancer, fitness trainer, yoga teacher and wellness coach. It is very important for me to use practical techniques and straightforward theory to ensure accessibility. I wish to reach a wide spectrum of people, helping to nurture their energy, health and productivity during their working day.
I’ve been busy with my own wellness journey since a very young age. I grew up in the UK, spending my early years competing as a gymnast and sports acrobat and then spending the first years of my career as a professional modern dancer. When I was studying for my dance degree, and later during my career as a performer, I discovered the importance of nurturing my brain as well as my and body, managing my energy levels, finding focus and concentration and maintaining the discipline to build sustainable healthy habits. I was fascinated with the positive effects my training was having on my own physical and mental wellbeing, and really wanted to share my learnings with others so that they could benefit too.
For this reason, I decided to study to become a personal trainer / fitness instructor. I took a deep-dive into anatomy & physiology theory and learned a whole new range of techniques to help people build a healthy, strong and well-functioning body. I also studied coaching techniques, investigating the psychology of learning and habit-forming to keep my clients motivated and my methods sustainable.
After moving to the Netherlands in 2003 I became the Programme Manager for Health and Fitness for a global IT company. I worked within a gym environment, training individuals and groups, teaching group exercise and carrying out health assessments. Through hundreds of conversations and observations of people working within an office environment, I began to understand more and more about what made employees thrive at work (and what prevented them from doing so). I made it my mission to find a toolkit of techniques that worked for a wide range of people and to help people understand how to turn these practices into habits so that they could enjoy sustainable health benefits.
I strongly believe that every employee deserves to work within a culture and environment that allows their health to flourish. Office wellness must be deeply embedded into this culture for it to have any long-term impact, and should never be used as a ‘quick fix’ to plaster over the cracks of unhealthy working practices. I partner with companies who are willing to dig deep and invest time and effort in making profound and long-lasting impact by building positive wellbeing within their organisations.