Workplace wellness programs started gaining traction in the corporate world more than a decade ago. But those early iterations were largely focused on physical health—and on companies’ bottom lines, says Monica Worline, a faculty member at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The catalysts were troubling statistics on the health of the U.S. workforce and the escalating cost of health insurance. “Companies recognized that the healthier their workforce, the more they gained in productivity, and the more they could negotiate lower costs from insurance providers,” Worline says.
I know I’m not alone in noting the unfathomable strain doctors, nurses, and support staff on the front lines of Covid have faced, but while we’ve all collectively cheered their dedication and bravery this past year (and hopefully honored their sacrifices by obeying public health guidance), I doubt many of us have paused to consider exactly what mental and management tricks have helped them get through it all.
Read on to learn three powerful lessons we can all learn from them.
Slow down to get ahead? I like to describe the most effective task-oriented behavior as futurist and the most effective relationship-oriented behavior as facilitator. Futurists create a powerful vision and outline the metrics needed to realize it. Facilitators foster collaboration and empower a team to reach a solution. What happens when you add patience?
“No matter what your political beliefs or affiliations, it’s safe to say all Americans are now living through a unique moment in our nation’s history.”
A recent University of Michigan Health article tackled one of the biggest issues of our time, political fatigue and the way that our current political climate, no matter where you fall on the spectrum, has become a daily stressor. These are some great tips on how to handle what can begin to seem overwhelming for so many people.
We live in a society where people are obsessed with early achievement, but most of us don’t explode out of the gates right away. Here’s an interesting post from Ideas.Ted that will have you thinking about your own self-doubt in a different way:
Everybody I know, and certainly all the leaders that I coach are struggling to some degree with overwhelm and emotional exhaustion. This is understandable as it is an extraordinarily difficult time, yet nothing is more important to both your personal well-being and your effectiveness as a professional than attending to this on a daily basis.
Here are some ideas to get you started. What else can you add to the discussion? What works for you? Please add your thoughts to the discussion.