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2019

Wellness at Work Article Series

Inclusion, gender equity, true engagement, the aging workforce, the relationship between mind and microbiome, and conscious leadership are among the many often-overlooked topics vital to building a culture of wellness and wellbeing at work. The following papers, written by Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness at Work initiative members and expert guests, sheds light on how leaders and employers can act on these pivotal topics to cultivate work cultures where people thrive.

September 2019Mind, Mood & Your Microbiome: A Healthy Gut at Work (& Why It Matters)
By By Gloria B. Treister, HHP, APFS, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner & Coach, Advanced Physical Fitness Specialist, Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist/Consultant

July 2019 –  Women, Leadership, and the Benefits of Gender Inclusion
By Mim Senft, GBA, CWWS, AAI, RYT, President/CEO – Motivity Partnerships, Inc./Gender ARC

July 2019 – Inclusion—the Elephant in the Wellness Room
By Karlyn Percil-Mercieca, Certified Growth, Mindset & Emotional Intelligence Coach, CEO & Founder: KDPM Consulting Group + SisterTalk Academy & Joel Hershfield, CPA(ret), CSM, B.Comm (Hons), Manager of Finance – MDA & VEMA, Healthy Workplace Consultant

2018

Well at Work Interviews
As part of our mission, our team recently interviewed 24 senior leaders across the globe to explore how work, workforces, and work environments are changing now and in the future, and what this means for the role of wellbeing.

A few themes emerging from these interviews were: advancing the role of technology to mitigate suffering and promote human flourishing, boosting employee wellbeing through community outreach, and redefining the purpose of organizations as lifting the standard of thriving through human evolution … and so much more. You can access an overview of the themes here.

All of the executives graciously brought enthusiasm and thoughtfulness to the interviews. To experience their passion for yourself, check out our brief video mashup below.

 

Ten Shifts Driving a New ‘Thrive’ Revolution at Work
Prepared by Renee Moorefield, CEO of Wisdom Works Group and Chair of the Wellness at Work Initiative
Ten crucial shifts that are fueling the new focus on thriving in the workplace have been identified– from a movement away from narrow “wellness programs” to the complete reinvention of work itself to a much more powerful focus on mental wellbeing, women-friendly workplaces and nature-infused biophilic work environments.

 

2017

Workplace Well-Being Infographic
Where is wellness at work today? Where has it been? And where it is going? This infographic tells the story in a snapshot. We hope you find it useful as you explore wellness approaches for your organization.

Culture of Well-Being and Care Questionnaire
Are you ready to build a culture of well-being and care at work? Here are 15 questions to help you get started.

 

Events

January 30, 2019 – International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) Free Webinar: “Engaging the Middle Manager in Safety to Achieve Well-Being Presenter: Joel Spoonheim, Director of Health Promotion, HealthPartners
No matter the incentive, gadget or program, it’s a person’s supervisor who sets the tone for safety, productivity, and wellness. Taking lessons from mature safety and management systems, we’ll explore their application from creating sustainable well-being programs that measurably improve results. Engaged middle managers create the culture and environment that nurture high-performing, healthy employees.

March 6, 2019 – Global Women for Wellbeing (GW4W) in London – In honor of International Women’s Day
We have speakers from a wide variety of industries coming together to celebrate and inspire.  It is a night of sharing what we’ve accomplished and some of the barriers we need to address. We’ll touch on the superwoman syndrome and sharing ways to be more intentional inclusive for women and men from all backgrounds.

March 21, 2019 – Call for Peer Presentation / Poster Submissions – Research or Case Study
Abstracts for the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion Preconference on Worksite Health Promotion on March 21, 2019. Poster presentations will showcase research, innovative ideas and best practices in worksite health promotion. Students and professionals are encouraged to submit. Submission Deadline – Friday, February 15, 2019.

March 28, 2019 – Global Women for Wellbeing (GW4W) in Philadelphia
For true gender equity in the workplace, we need to recognize how our mental health and wellbeing is connected to our ability to lead and how those issues impact how we are seen as leaders. That includes how bad stress and other barriers unique to women disproportionately impact the overall mental health of the workplace and it’s impact on getting more women into leadership.

May 15, 2019 – MDA’s Wellness Fair
MDA’s wellness fair is being held May 15th from 9:30 – 2:30.  At this annual event we invite speakers on various wellness topics for our staff.  MDA has a long history of leadership in the workplace wellness arena.  We value the tangible and intangible benefits that a healthy workplace can offer.

 

Articles & Reports

2019 – Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says
Extreme work stress has long been embedded in the cultural lexicon; it might now be codified in your medical records as well. Burnout is now a legitimate medical diagnosis, according to the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the World Health Organization’s handbook that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases. By CNN.

2019 – 11 Ways to Cultivate an Organization in Which People Truly Thrive.
Mental well-being is everyone’s responsibility—but as a leader, it should be at the top of your agenda. By Renee Moorefield, PhD, CEO of Wisdom Works Group Inc. & Chair of the Wellness at Work Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute. 14 May 2019.

2019 – The 2019 Global Happiness and Well-Being Policy Report
The 2019 Global Happiness and Well-Being Policy Report is produced by the Global Happiness Council (GHC) and contains papers by expert working groups on happiness for good governance. This report provides evidence and policy recommendations on best practices to promote happiness and well-being. Governments that support wellbeing create a healthier environment for organizations and people.

2019 – What Works Wellbeing Centre’s Searchable Wellbeing Database
The independent collaborative, What Works Wellbeing Centre, completed 16 systematic reviews on wellbeing, including its links to culture, sport, work, learning, and community. This ‘knowledge bank’ is the Centre’s very early step to bring all the main findings, the evidence statements and gaps from these reviews together into one searchable excel spreadsheet.

2019 – You Snooze, You Win: Why Organizations Should Prioritize Having a Well-Rested Workforce
Organizations often devote significant resources to upskill their workforce, through internal and external training opportunities. They also spend quite a lot of time, attention, and money trying to identify sources of competitive advantage. However, these organizations may be overlooking a powerful way to potentially upskill and gain competitive advantage, which could be accessed much more readily, and at far less expense, than broad-scale training and innovation initiatives: having a well-rested workforce.

2019 – Mental Health at Work
Mental Health at Work is a website resource for employers, small and large, operating in the United Kingdom. At this site, you’ll find documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from key organisations across the UK, all aimed at helping you get to grips with workplace mental health.

2019 – Building a Culture of Health at Merck
There is increasing evidence that a healthy and safe workforce can provide a competitive business advantage. This article shares the efforts and experience of a large global employer as it builds on existing corporate wellness and safety programs to develop a corporate culture of health and well-being. Starting with a comprehensive review of the current state of employee health and culture, a small team established the business case, aligned strategic partners, created an implementation plan, and engaged the C-Suite. The aim of this article is to provide a case study that others might use to design their blueprint, to gain awareness and to build a culture of health and well-being within their organization

2018 – HERO Scorecard Progress Report
2018 HERO Scorecard Progress Report, featuring a compilation of quarterly insights from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in collaboration with Mercer.

2018 – Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association holds 2nd Industrial Women congress
Eva Velez

2018 – Public Health and the workplace: a new era dawns
Public health research into workplace-related health has now entered a new era. Establishing reliable evidence about what works to advance health, and perhaps more importantly what does not, offers the prospect for transformational change. The aim now will be to persuade employers that the health of their employees is an investment not a cost.

2018 – Digital Therapeutics: The Future of Behavioral Health
A CEO’s Perspective on Enterprise-Wide Agility to Achieve Organizational Excellence
By Les C. Meyer, MBA

2018 – HERO POSITION PAPER ON VALUE OF WELLNESS INITIATIVES HOW TO ASSESS THE EVIDENCE ON “WHAT WORKS” – A CASE STUDY EXAMPLE
Health Enhancement Resource Organization ‘HERO Health

2018 – Happiness Council
The Global Happiness Policy Report is produced by the Global Happiness Council (GHC) and contains papers by expert working groups on happiness for good governance. This report provides evidence and policy recommendations on best practices to promote happiness and well-being.

2018 Handbook of Well-Being
Noba Scholar

2017 – The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science
There are few things more moving than an act of compassion and few things more necessary than compassion in today’s world—and in the world of work. Fortunately, the science of compassion has emerged as a robust field of study. The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science is the first academic handbook on the science of compassion to date. Edited by esteemed professionals Emma M. Seppälä, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Stephanie L. Brown, Monica C. Worline, C. Daryl Cameron, and James R. Doty, this Handbook brings together well-established scholars and rising stars in the field—thereby bridging a wide variety of diverse perspectives, research methodologies, and theory. Together, these expert voices illustrate the mechanisms behind one of the most profound of human experiences: helping another human being out of suffering, even at one’s own cost.

2017 – Workplace Wellness Goes Beyond ROI
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

2017 – A Compelling Case for Working A lot Less
BBC

2017- Well Work Place, Making Spaces Human Again
Cushman & Wakefield

2017 – The Art of Health Promotion, Linking Research to Practice
American Journal of Health Promotion

2016 – Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace
While there is still much research to be done, mindfulness is already a promising innovation in the workplace context with an early but rapidly evolving evidence base. The Mindfulness Initiative in the United Kingdom shares their insights in this 2016 report.

April 25, 2016The Personal & Organizational Costs of Lack of Sleep
By Anna Bjurstam, Vice President of Spas & Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas & Partner, Raison d’Etre & Operating Advicor, Pegasus, Sweden

April 5, 2016 – Driving Cultural Transformation With Wellbeing Innovation: Wisdom from Visionary Tracy Gaudet, M.D.
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works,Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness and Government

March 29, 2016 – What’s In A Name? New Titles Emerging In Business Leadership
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works,Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness and Government

March 8, 2016 – Ready to Boost Effectiveness And Wisdom Of Your Leaders? Try Mindfulness!
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works,Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness and Government

February 2016 – Corporate Health and Wellness and the Financial Bottom Line
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

February 2016 – Future of Well Work Initiative Call Notes
By Joel Hershfield, Materials Distribution Agency, Canada

February 2, 2016 – 8 Predictions About The Future Of Wellness And Work: Are Your Leaders Ready?
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works, Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness and Government

February 2016 – The Future of Wellness at Work Research Report
By Global Wellness Institute

2015 – The Mindful UK Report
The Mindful UK Report, the first policy document of its kind, seeks to address mental health concerns in the areas of education, health, the workplace and the criminal justice system through the application of mindfulness interventions.

November 13, 2015 – Wellness at Work Research Report, 2015
Presented at the Global Wellness Summit 2015, Mexico City by Katherine Johnston, Senior Research Fellow, GWI; Senior Economist, SRI International, U.S. and Ophelia Yeung, Senior Research Fellow, GWI; Senior Consultant, SRI International, U.S.

November 6, 2015 – Workplace Wellness: What do Employees Really Want?
Mary Ellen Rose, PhD, Founder, Chief Science Officer at Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation

October 6, 2015 – Workplace Wellness: What Is Its Future?
By Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works, Global Wellness Institute Chair, Wellness at Work & CoChair, Wellness and Government

March 2014 – Can We Say What Diet is Best for Health?
By D.L. Katz & S. Meller, Annual Review of Public Health

September 2013 – The Link Between Workforce Health and Safety and the Health of the Bottom Line: Tracking Market Performance of Companies That Nurture a “Culture of Health”
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

 


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