Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of April 9, 2018

April 13 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.

Welcome to (employee) Well-being 3.0 (Part 1) (Willis Towers Watson)

This article discusses the various 'generations' of employee wellness/wellbeing and where they have fallen short. Well-being 1.0 (BMI screenings, Fitbits and more), Well-being 2.0 (Financial Wellness) and Well-being 3.0 (Holistic approach).

My comments: The authors consider the Well-being 3.0 holistic approach to include: physical health, financial, emotional and social. No argument that these should be included in every well-being program. While the timing of this article (April 2018) makes this seem like a new approach to employee wellbeing, this is not exactly new. The "Six Dimensions of Wellness" model developed by the National Wellness Institute has been around for decades.

The CEO's leadership role in optimizing emotional well-being in employees by Dennis Miller (Smart Brief)

The most successful CEOs are the ones who understand the importance of building a healthy organizational culture. Organizations that create a culture of employee well-being and engagement have stronger financial performance, less employee turnover, few worker compensations claims, lower healthcare premiums and happier employees and higher levels of productivity. Miller provides five approaches that contribute to employee emotional wellbeing. 

My comments: This article is a great reminder of the importance the CEO (and other leaders) play in supporting the emotional wellbeing of their people. The approaches suggested are right on target.

HBLC turns spotlight on workplace stress by Danielle Westerman King (Human Resources Executive)

This article recaps several of the sessions from last week's Health and Benefits Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. Keynote presentation by Dr. Casey Chosewood from the CDC presented information on stress as the number one workplace health issue. This keynote was followed by a panel discussion on health care related topics. Mental health was a strong theme in questions submitted during the panel by audience members.   

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My comments: I attended this conference and was a breakout session speaker. In listening to both of these presentations, it became clear to me that stress and mental health are two areas in which employers need to focus.

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.