Creating evidence-based health and wellness programmes for your customers and employees

Case Study - PepTalk Making team engagement sticky

Peptalk is a unique team engagement platform that enables teams to perform at their best. They provide teams with monthly data, insights and actions, available at a touch of a button, specifically aimed at enhanced teamwork and increased engagement. Whether you work onsite, work from home or are a hybrid of both, connecting with others is essential. You need other people to bring out the best version of yourself.

The aim:
Peptalk reached out to me as they were looking for a way to help support the teams on their app who would be engaging in their new “Paths” micro challenge feature.


The work:

  • Initially we ran a behavioural audit of Peptalk's program to examine the gaps and opportunities to embed behavioural science not just for uptake of Paths but importantly to maintain the vital skills gained from using Peptalk.
  • This gave us some invaluable insights on the behavioural opportunities to support users and teams to engage with micro challenges in order to get the most out of them.
  • Not many teams have a behaviour change specialist on call and I strongly believe in supporting teams with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make decisions based on the work we’ve done together. Therefore to support the Peptalk team in implementing behavioural science into their platform I created a behavioural framework for them to guide future design decisions. 

This framework allows us to embed what we create in Peptalk in evidence-based theory. Thus, avoiding reinventing the wheel and providing us with the best opportunity to support users and teams to create lasting changes. 
This framework supports us to create a program that optimises intrinsic motivation (through fulfilling users basic needs and using evidence-based behaviour change techniques) thus enhancing participant uptake, adherence, and maintenance of the habits they form within Paths and the wider Peptalk program.
Most importantly, helping users create lasting changes to their habits in order to enable them to bring their best selves to work, everyday.  

It's so fun to work with such an exciting and forward-thinking team as Peptalk.


"Heather was a pleasure to work with over the course of the year. Her breadth of academic knowledge in the area of behavioural change combined with the ability to articulate this in a grounded and practical manner was invaluable in helping build out our product roadmap. We look forward to working with Heather again on future projects."  - Karl Tapley - Head of Technology Peptalk


Published on 13th Jul 2022 at 10:22 by Dr Heather McKee

"Heather has so generously contributed to so many areas of our work this year, her thoughtful feedback and insights have allowed us to evolve our work and product in profound and impactful ways. I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we can’t imagine having done it without her unique, informed perspective and diverse voice. She has made an incredible amount of impact on our work in a small amount of time and we are so grateful for her."

Sara Rice, lululemon HQ

"When you work with Dr Heather McKee you know you are in the presence of a true professional. You cannot ignore the passion she has for her field of behaviour change, especially around healthy living. She is committed to making sure that you -- client, patient or project partner -- understand the key facts, appreciate the context and embrace the decisions you made together."

Edna Kissman, CEO The Wonder of Me

"Heather’s academic and applied understanding of behavioural psychology has been invaluable in helping us mould our proposition to the corporate wellbeing market over the last 12 months. Heather was a perfect fit with our culture; enthusiastic, diligent and highly skilled in everything that she does. We look forward to working with Heather on future projects"

Richard Westman, CEO KAIDO

"Heather's practical knowledge and expertise around behaviour change have been an enormous value-add for the Welltodo audience. By incorporating her tools and insights into our course curriculum, we were able to add a whole new layer of credibility. Heather is professional, reliable and an absolute pleasure to work with!"

Lauren Armes, CEO Welltodo

"Heather is a ninja when it comes to behaviour change, and a delight to work with. She has been invaluable to BetterSpace in working out how to nudge people into more mentally health lifestyles."



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