National Grid is an international electricity and gas utility company. Employees operate right across the UK, with a mixture of office and field-based roles.

Focus, concentration and high energy levels are vital as errors in this industry can be costly. However, like most industries, demands and pressures are increasing, so without the right tools to cope, employee errors can compromise performance and efficiency.


We spent time understanding the industry and the organisation, as well as the barriers to performance, energy and health. Together with the health and safety team we developed a series of energy management modules. The programme was delivered at senior leadership and director level, both in the UK and US. It was then cascaded throughout the organisation.

There were three key components to the energy management programme:

Energy In– understanding the importance of nutrition and how to use food to fuel your body and brain in order to function optimally

Energy Capacity – building exercise and movement into your daily life to manage energy and increase overall energy capacity

Energy Renewal – understanding the importance of rest and recovery, improving sleep and building small amounts of energy renewal into your day

The impact

  • The workshop series was rated a great success and employee feedback was very positive.

    “Beyond Barriers delivered an excellent and thought-provoking series of workshops as part of National Grid’s Leadership programme. Beyond the Barriers made a compelling case for healthier living, providing straightforward, practical advice on those actions we could take to improve our energy and general well-being – making us much more effective and fulfilled in the workplace and, of course, at home.”

    George Mayhew, Director of Corporate Affairs, National Grid