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Workplace Wellness that Works

10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization

By Laura Putnam
18-minute read
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Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization by Laura Putnam

Workplace Wellness That Works (2015) provides a refreshing take on how to create more well-being in any organization. It offers a 10-step guide packed with practical examples from the business world on how to initiate, expand and sustain your well-being movement.

  • Anyone interested in a healthier workplace
  • Managers and CEOs
  • Anyone in human resources

Laura Putnam is the founder and CEO of Motion Infusion, a well-being consultation firm. As well as being heavily involved in the American Heart Association, Putnam is a trainer, dancer and consultant, and works with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

 

© Laura Putnam: Workplace Wellness That Works copyright 2015, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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Workplace Wellness that Works

10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization

By Laura Putnam
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Workplace Wellness That Works (2015) provides a refreshing take on how to create more well-being in any organization. It offers a 10-step guide packed with practical examples from the business world on how to initiate, expand and sustain your well-being movement.

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To start heading towards workplace wellness you need to become an agent of change.

What do you associate with a healthy workplace? Picking up the occasional apple from the break room? David from Accounts trying to enlighten you on the perils of cigarette smoke?

Workplace wellness is much more than that: it’s about enjoying your work environment, moving around more and building meaningful connections with other people.

That sounds great, but how do you get there? By instigating a change process. When you take this initiative, you can become an agent of change for your workplace. This means understanding the reason for change and communicating it to others.

Agents of change know their inner why – the reason underpinning the change – and this helps make them authentic, persuasive leaders of the process.

Take Shane Valentine, who teaches for Kids Cook with Heart, a program offering cooking lessons to school children. Valentine’s inner why is that almost no children in the United States meet the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 criteria for a healthy heart. In response to this, his program specifically addresses the criteria for a healthy diet.

Once you have a why, you’ll need people to listen. Using metaphors and emotions is an effective way of communicating your message. To gain followers, you should focus on relating stories rather than regurgitating statistics. Start by building your own story bank, a collection of meaningful stories in your head.

The key is to make sure you embody your story. If Valentine were to star in a commercial for McDonald’s, his kids cooking program would suddenly lose credibility!

As a next step, you’ll need to build a strong case to convince your coworkers of the need to improve workplace wellness.

One approach could be to highlight any monetary gains that could be achieved by implementing workplace wellness. Take presenteeism, a money-draining phenomenon that occurs when your employees are at work but aren’t fully present, i.e., they’re either not working effectively or not working at all. According to a study at Bank One, 63 percent of costs connected with poor employee health are caused by presenteeism.

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