Workplace Wellness that Works
Laura Putnam, MA
CEO & Founder, Motion Infusion, Inc.
Workplace Wellness that Works:
A Smarter Framework for Designing More Effective Workplace Wellness Programs
This highly interactive intensive, drawn from Laura Putnam’s Workplace Wellness That Works (WILEY, 2015), provides a fresh perspective on how to promote employee well-being in the workplace. Based on the latest research and backed by real-world examples and case studies, this workshop provides health promotion professionals with the tools they need to start making a difference in their employees’ health and happiness, and promoting an overall culture of well-being throughout the organization. Participants will come away with concrete, actionable takeaways for tackling the massive obstacle of behavioral change, and will learn how to design and implement an approach that can most benefit their organization. This intensive provides insights into new and creative approaches to empower employees to make healthier choices. In ten steps, participants will learn how to assess their organization’s needs and craft well-being programs that actually benefit leaders, managers and employees.
Step 1: Shift Your Mindset – The first step is to shift your mindset from starting a workplace wellness program to starting a movement. This begins with recasting yourself as an agent of change.
Step 2: Imagine What’s Possible – Shift the conversation from just physical health to one about well-being and living a life of vitality, addressing the multiple dimensions of well-being, such as emotional, social, financial, career and community.
Step 3: Uncover the Hidden Factors – You’ll need to examine the larger culture to identify elements that are likely to support your efforts, as well as elements that might undermine your movement. Culture is what’s going to support or compromise any well-intended workplace wellness program.
Step 4: Start with What’s Right – Build optimism into your movement by applying a strengths-based approach.
Step 5: Take a da Vinci Approach – Workplace wellness has been silo-ed. To build your movement, reach across departmental divides to create an interdisciplinary “Da Vinci” team, bringing together unlikely partners.
Step 6: Go Stealth – Look for ways to “sneak” well-being into other initiatives and recast in language that moves people. Some top stealth opportunities for embedded wellness include leadership development, management training, and safety programs.
Step 7: Create Meaning – Incentives and penalties have become a fixture in workplace wellness. Meanwhile, all of the research shows that lasting change only happens as a result of intrinsic motivation – or that which comes from within. Your task will be to create the conditions in which employees are more likely to motivate themselves.
Step 8: Design Cues and Nudges – Change the environment and devise cultural promots to make well-being the “new normal.”
Step 9: Launch & Iterate – Following the lead of companies like IDEO and Google, foster an experimental, learning-based approach to your movement.
Step 10: Go Global – Share best practices across national boundaries. Make your movement an international one!
Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness That Works (WILEY), is founder and CEO of Motion Infusion, whose work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, American Journal of Health Promotion, Business Insider and Globe & Mail. She is a former urban public high school teacher, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and wellness. 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 keynote speaker and trains managers and leaders around the country. Laura is also an adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, recipient of the American Heart Association’s “2020 Impact” award and the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” Award. A graduate of Brown University School of Education and Stanford University in International Relations, she lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.