Activating Managers Boot Camp: Engaging Managers in Wellbeing, Why It Matters and How You Can Do It

Laura Putnam, MA

CEO and Founder, Motion Infusion, Inc


Abstract:

Here’s the good news: The vast majority of organizations in the US now offer some type of wellness. And, here’s even more good news: Most organizations have moved beyond physical wellness and are venturing into other dimensions of well-being, such as emotional, financial and community. Here’s the bad news: most organizations are still struggling with low rates of engagement. According to a recent NBGH survey, less than half of eligible employees are taking advantage of wellness offerings. It’s no wonder that if you’re the one promoting wellness within or with an organization, you likely feel like Sisyphus pushing a rock up a hill trying to get people to engage.

So, what gives – and what can you do about it? Evidence suggests that activating managers may well be the lynchpin that can make the difference. According to Gallup, the manager likely accounts for up to 70 percent of the variance in employee engagement. In a dynamic, interactive and hands-on workshop, learn the fundamentals of how you can activate managers in your organization to become “multipliers” of well-being.

Presenter Bio(s):

Laura Putnam, MA, author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management, “Workplace Wellness That Works” (WILEY, 2015), is CEO and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading wellbeing and learning provider. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. She is a former urban public high school teacher, learning and development professional, public policy advocate, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and wellbeing. A leading authority on how organizations can promote well-being at work and how leaders and managers can inspire employees to adopt healthier behaviors, Laura is a frequent international keynote speaker and trains managers and leaders around the world. She works with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes and nonprofits. She is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “2020 Impact” award as well as the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” award. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.