Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of April 23, 2018

April 27 2018 / by Mari Ryan

news 48268157_m_123rf.jpgEach week I read a number of workplace wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week's theme is connection and belonging at work. Don't miss my blog about the importance of stepping away from your desk to connect at work, and an expert interview with Sara Mann, a Connector-in-Chief.

The company that plays together, stays together by Kerry Alison Wekelo (Corporate Wellness Magazine)

This article shares the experience of a very busy consulting firm and its wellness implementation strategy. By ensuring fun is incorporated into wellness activities, the organization engages a broader group of employees and provides them the opportunity to connect around laughter and happiness. The positive energy flows into the work day and into interactions among colleagues. It is clearly having a cultural effect.

My comments: Aside from all the physical benefits of laughter, sharing a laugh connects people like nothing else. It builds relationships and enhances social interactions. In the workplace it can help foster a sense of belonging. All of this is important and positively impacts the organization.

The future of well-being in a tech saturated world by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie (Pew Research Center)

This article addresses a new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. It addresses the response from technology experts, scholars and health specialists on this question: over the next decade how will changes in digital life impact peoples overall well-being physically and mentally? Three themes emerged: well-being will be more helped than harmed, well-being will be more harmed than helped, and there will be little change. Those respondents believing that well-being will be more helped than harmed pointed to the benefit of connection.

My comments: This is a great overview of the opinion of experts on the future of well-being and digital life. It's worth reading and bookmarking. The reasons why well-being will be helped, why it will be harmed and the potential solutions presented in a concise chart. Additionally, quotes from experts provide further insight.

The painful cycle of employee loneliness and how it hurts companies by Sigal Bersade and Hakan Ozcelik (Harvard Business Review)

The authors share the results of their new research on the experience of loneliness in the workplace. While behavioral research on lonely people is plentiful, there is little research on the workplace experience. The authors discuss the effect on job performance, coworker relationships and the organization. They cite potential solutions and the role of organizational culture.

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My comments: It's important to follow this new area of research, especially as the role of organizational culture is examined in more detail. Leaders and managers will want to learn how to recognize the symptoms so they can be part of the solution to help lonely employees feel connected in the workplace.

Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP is a workplace wellbeing strategist, professional speaker and consultant. For more information visit Visit our YouTube channel Follow on Twitter @advwellness_us


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Mari Ryan

Written by Mari Ryan

Mari Ryan is the CEO/founder of AdvancingWellness and is a recognized expert in the field of workplace well-being strategy.