The concept of Thrive4Life originated in 1998 when the company founder recognised a gap in the corporate wellbeing market. A trained osteopath and naturopath with experience in private practice and industry, the founder established her first business, Osteopaths for Industry (OFI), in 1987 with the aim of pioneering a holistic approach to managing musculoskeletal injuries at work. Her interventions helped improve the profitability and productivity of some of the UK’s most recognisable industrial and white-collar organisations, including the BBC, DHL, the NHS, and even Buckingham Palace.
Working with a wide range of businesses, the founder gained unique insight into the cost to UK industry of poor musculoskeletal health. But as time went on, she also began noticing the increasing prevalence of poor mental health in the workplace, observing its detrimental effects on employee productivity and links to problems such as absenteeism and presenteeism. And so began the quest to build a more integrative approach to corporate wellbeing addressing both the importance of physical or musculoskeletal and mental health in the workplace – a quest for which Thrive4Life was to provide the solution!
Thrive4Life has come a long way since its initial founding. In 2015, the founder opened Thrive4Life’s flagship Lloyd’s Wellbeing Centre in the City of London, which provides treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropody and nutritional services to customers. Thrive4Life has more recently extended its services to include Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification, training of Line Managers and Wellbeing Champions, staff awareness, and bespoke consultancy. As businesses have transitioned to remote and hybrid working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thrive4Life has responded with new online products such as the Online Display Screen Assessment (DSE) Workstation Assessment Tool, which helps employers to carry on meeting their legal duty of care to employees. With the world changing rapidly, we want to be at the forefront of bringing businesses innovative solutions that can empower their employees to thrive!