Each week I read a number of 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.
Promoting Employee Happiness Benefits Everyone. by Camille Preston, PhD (Forbes)
Preston writes about the benefits of happy employees. This translates to increased productivity, increased sales and even a better bottomline. Preston goes on to offer specfic, actionable suggestions for how to build happiness with your team.
My comments: What's not to like about a happy workforce. Increasingly research is showing the impact on happiness in the workplace. Leaders and managers need to be considering happiness as a key element of workplace culture.
How to Create a Successful Employee Volunteer Program. by Alison Brehme (Employee Benefit News)
Brehme makes the case for how volunteer programs can impact employee wellbeing by making them feel healthier, lowering their stress, improving their mood and enriching their sense of purpose. She further describes action steps to take in starting an employee volunteer program.
My comments: Two elements of wellbeing are connection to community and purpose. Volunteering supports both of these elements. It can also create opportunities for social interaction amongst employees that wouldn't normally work together. It is easy to see how volunteer programs support a workplace culture of collaboration and giving back. Skip the holiday party and organize a volunteer event.
America's Healthiest and Least Healthy States. by Elizabeth Cohen (CNN)
Drum roll please. The state health rankings for 2017 were released this week. The model for these rankings considers the following four categories: Behaviors, Community & Environment, Policy and Clinical Care.
My comments: I'm proud to see that Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the US. A big piece of this is that we have the highest percentage of insured individuals. Massachuetts has been at the forefront of health policy for years. The work so many of us have been doing here in Massachusetts is paying off.