The New Frontier in Workplace Wellness: Getting Managers on the Move

Opportunity - Leadership

Conference session by Laura Putnam about Manager on the Move pilot that is empowering managers

Laura Putnam, MA

CEO & Founder, Motion Infusion, Inc.

Sara Johnson, PhD

Co-President & CEO, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Crockett Dale

CEO, Healthstat


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Workplace wellness is not working as well as it could if you consider that over 80% of employees are opting out. What can we do differently? The manager may hold the key to dramatically increasing rates of engagement. According to Gallup research, the manager accounts for 70% of the variance in their team members’ engagement. How do we measure this managerial influence and how can we enable managers to be “multipliers” of wellbeing rather than “gatekeepers”? Learn about discoveries from a cutting edge Manager on the Move pilot that is empowering managers across the country to become multipliers of wellbeing, the assessment tool used to measure the impact of this initiative, and strategies you can apply to spark a manager-led movement of wellbeing in your organization. This session will include the first-hand account of a visionary CEO participant who has implemented Manager on the Move within his organization.


Presenter Bio(s):

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.


Dr. Sara Johnson is the Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a research and development company whose mission is to disseminate evidence-based behavior change interventions to improve health and well-being. Dr. Johnson was named a Top 10 Health Promotion Professional in 2015 by WELCOA. In her 18 years at Pro-Change, she has been responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well as creating and expanding strategic business alliances. She has been the principal investigator on over $4.7 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of Transtheoretical Model-based interventions and has nearly 40 publications including refereed research publications, book chapters, and published reports. In addition, she has applied best practices in behavior change to novel areas such as promoting financially responsible use of health services, continuing medical education, and gaming for health. She is currently leading new research initiatives to integrate individual- and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being; increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change; and develop interventions for pain self-management, sleep, and financial well-being. Sara received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently an adjunct faculty member to the Psychology Department.


Crockett Dale started his career as a banker in Chapel Hill, NC. He left banking to assume the role of president of his family business, a prominent hosiery mill in Hickory, NC, which he led for nearly 20 years. Crockett saw the impact that chronic health conditions and barriers to care were having on his workforce and his business. He brought in an onsite clinic to deliver quality, accessible care to his employees. The clinic provider he partnered with had a holistic, prevention-focused approach that was ahead of its time. Seeing his leadership in promoting a new culture of wellness in the factory achieve positive results, Crockett posed the question, “How healthy can a population become?” This led him to purchase a majority stake in the company that provided his clinic services, and Crockett became CEO of Healthstat.