Congratulations for considering a wellbeing program. The research shows that wellbeing programs MORE than pay for themselves. Consider the problems of an unwell workplace:
60% of absenteeism is attributable to stress. 3 35% of cardiovascular disease in men and one third of depression in women can be attributed to job stress. 5 Direct cost of workplace injury and disease is over $7 billion/year. Indirect costs are much higher5 People in poor health perform worse at work. 9 One in five employees are unhappy at work, under engaged and focused on seeking more pay. 4 1 in 10 workers are affected on the job by anxiety, depression and stress. 40% of job turnover is due to stress and it costs 50-150% of an employee’s salary to replace them BUT the benefits of wellbeing programs are many:
Wellbeing programs increase staff engagement and organisations with high staff engagement enjoy a 20% return with -10% for low staff engagement . Healthy work programs generate medical savings of about $3.27 and absenteeism-related savings of about $2.73 for every dollar invested. 7 That is a 3:1 return. Another estimate is that wellbeing programs return up 15 times what you invest in them. Healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees. 8 Happy workers place less emphasis on pay4 and spend TWICE as much time doing work-related activities than unhappy employees. There’s no doubt about the why – so let us help you with the how. At workplace wellbeing we go further, improving not just health of your staff but the health of your organisation. All our programs are designed with the twin aims of wellbeing and productivity – helping you achieve your KPIs and improve your balance-sheet. That’s why we call it a Welltivity™ – wellbeing programs that boost productivity.
The tsunami of response to Anne-Marie Slaughter's article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" in the Atlantic's July issue shows that work-family conflict still shapes the geography of women's lives.
Macho in the workplace.
In her study, Cooper saw engineers so exhausted they were often in a fog. Because working long hours was seen as heroic, engineers overlooked some basics of good management: planning and delegation.
The long-hours ethic that pervades elite jobs is more about masculinity than productivity. On this Labor Day, it's time to replace the outdated Ideal Worker, always available to his employer, with the new ideal of a worker who is judged on results rather than face time and who gets points for having a life.
It's a well-known fact that happy workers are more productive than miserable ones. Unfortunately, far from being happy, many workers (especially in the U.S.) are stressed to the breaking point.
Let's get small.
This is a short but great article. It echoes my belief that business, and I'm thinking American business, is foolish to deny that humans are emotional beings.
Managers need to grok Daniel Kahneman and Jonah Lehrer. Emotions rule our decision-making. Positive emotions yield positive outcomes.
My friend Peter Stevens points out that if the goal is to delight customers, the way to get there is by delighting employees. Hence, we're working on benchmarking well-being in the workplace as a means of improving customer relationships and the bottom line.
A backlash is rising against the cult of optimism.
What can I say? Some people are assholes. Let's fight happiness. Huh?
"As Mackay sees it, the counterpoint to the happiness movement that The Antidote and other books represents is an inevitable reaction to ''the excesses of the happiness movement, the self-esteem movement, the cult of perfection, all of that stuff which has held sway for 20 years''. They were appealing because they came at a turbulent time in our history, but aspiring to be permanently happy is unrealistic at best. At worst, it leaves people emotionally ill equipped to face the vicissitudes of life.
''There's a lot of life that's just a hard grind,'' Mackay says. ''If we overemphasise self-esteem in kids, inevitably when they reach adulthood, early adulthood, even adolescence, they're going to find it very hard to cope with disappointment and failure.''
It struck him again watching the Olympics, and Emily Seebohm's disappointment in winning a silver medal. She thought she let her parents down. ''Now, her parents, of course, disowned that but it was a strange and very telling comment about a generation of people who think they have to please their parents all the time,'' he says. ''In fact, the darker emotions, failure and disappointment, have much more to teach us than the bright shiny ones.''"
"As if blindness to our own tendencies to err weren’t bad enough, we’re emotionally committed to our bad decisions because of another bad habit Kahneman has identified – the tendency to trust our snap, intuitive judgments over better, more deliberative decision-making processes. Like all cognitive illusions, this one has a vestigial, evolutionary component: quick thinking keeps you safe from predators."
The Happiness Trade is about 2% news and 98% echo chamber. People are forever repeating the same lists of self-help hints. There's an obscene amount of copying and clutter.
I'm scanning 40-50 articles and posts a day on happiness and well-being. Anything new and interesting gets Scooped here. Maybe two or three are keepers.
Take this post on 10 actions to bring happiness. It's a good list but you've heard them all before. The URLs to the three books that are referenced contain the author's Amazon affiliate code; it takes a lot of clicks to survive on Amazon royalties.
The author specializes in numbered lists. 20 Signs, 30 Things to do, 40 Challenges, 50 Simple truths, 60 Tiny signals, etc. Scraping wisdom.
Beautifully simple introduction. There's a lot more to the story but Shawn Callahan, a generous man, explains enough to whet the tastebuds. Complexity, the WTF factor connections give birth to, is the friction between those who do get it and those who don't. Choose your side. This fundamental belief: (a) it's beta, it may all be different tomorrow OR (b) God made it this way, we can keep getting better at the game so let's not fret over outliers. You can't boil the ocean.
It's five mnutes until High Noon. The collision of these two weltanschauungen is disrupting the business world.
You might find this of interest... Game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter.
Some questions that I’ve found to be very effective in one-on-ones:
If we could improve in any way, how would we do it? What’s the No. 1 problem with our organization? Why? What’s not fun about working here? Who is really kicking ass in the company? Who do you admire? If you were me, what changes would you make? What don’t you like about the product? What’s the biggest opportunity that we’re missing out on? What are we not doing that we should be doing? Are you happy working here?
With a unique focus on all aspects of your life, mywell-being.com represents the path to a healthier you. And it starts right here.
Humana Insurance's well-being site. Good advice in general: eat right, extercise, play, stay healthy. How your insurance company would like you to live.
However, Humana's well-being is not what I call well-being. The free Dummies book is a dog's breakfast of advice. Do yoga. Improve your mind by doing crossword puzzles. Have adequate automobile insurance. Get a dog. Join neighborhood watch.
Yogananda is an important interpreter of Eastern traditions for the Western mind. Remember Autobiography of a Yogi? The guy is an upper. Also very poetic. I just bought the book and will blog my review of it.
"To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind. It must be lived. Neither worldly power nor moneymaking schemes can ever capture happiness. Mental restlessness results from an outward focus of awareness. Restlessness itself guarantees that happiness will remain elusive. Temporal power and money are not states of mind. Once obtained, they only dilute a person’s happiness. Certainly they cannot enhance it.
The more widely we scatter our energies, the less power we have left to direct toward any specific undertaking. Octopus habits of worry and nervousness rise from ocean depths in the subconscious, fling tentacles around our minds, and crush to death all that we once knew of inner peace.
True happiness is never to be found outside the Self. Those who seek it there are as if chasing rainbows among the clouds!"
"How unsatisfactory is modern life! Just look at the people around you. Ask yourself, are they happy? See the sad expressions on so many faces. Observe the emptiness in their eyes.
A materialistic life tempts mankind with smiles and assurances, but is consistent only in this: It never fails, eventually, to break all its promises!"
Happiness is the cause of positive outcomes in life, not the result. Happy people tend to have deep religious or spiritual beliefs. Wealth does not bring happiness, but using one's wealth to benefit others does contribute to personal happiness. Altruism is a surer road to happiness than hedonism. Happiness (or positive thinking) is a "skill" that can be learned.
Carol Graham and Soumya Chattopadhyay explore gender differences in reported well-being around the world, both across and within countries – comparing age, income, and education cohorts.
News flash. Brookings Institute Study. Women experience more well-being than men.
When we look at trends across cohorts within countries, the gap between male and female wellbeing is greater (e.g. women having higher levels than men) in older and more educated cohorts, as well as in urban areas. In this instance, as in the case of the split sample results for rich versus poor countries, the findings suggest that the gap is greater where gender rights are more equal.
Our findings on marriage run in a similar direction. While married people, on average, have higher well-being levels than non-married people, married people in the young cohorts (e.g. ages less than 25) have lower levels than the average, as do married respondents in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. Married people in urban areas have higher than average well-being levels, meanwhile, while married people in rural areas are no different from married people. The well-being gap between women and men is slightly higher in educated than in non-educated cohorts