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Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of May 7, 2018

May 11 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 gratitude and discovering purpose at work. Don't miss my expert interview with Star Dargin,  CEO of Star Leadership, LLC and author of the new book, Leading with Gratitude.

Gratitude: Why Thankfulness in the Workplace Works by Rob Shone (Engage Me)

The author makes the case for expressing genuine gratitude in the workplace and provides tips for creating a culture of thankfulness. He cites specifics on how to do it right and how to do it terribly wrong. He also shares research on the benefits of increasing motivation, building team spirit and enhancing productivity. 

My comments: Genuine heartfelt gratitude is meaningful. Employees know when its real and when it isn't. Senior leaders and managers that can build honest gratitude into their leadership approach will reap the benefits at work and beyond.

Helping Your People Find Purpose in their Work by the Mind Tools Content Team (Mind Tools)

This article addresses the importance of finding purpose at work, knowing when you you've found it, and the benefits for you and the organization. It also presents a step by step strategic process with tools and resources for helping your team find purpose at work. 

My comments:  We know the value of finding purpose in work - happier, healthier and more productive employees. This article is a nice road map to help your team get there. It also shares a compelling example of purpose in action from a hospital worker.

Ten Shifts Driving a New "Thrive" Revolution at Work by Renee Moorefield  (Global Wellness Institute)

The author details the ten shifts that are fueling a revolution to "thrive" at work, citing the Global Wellness Institute's Wellness at Work Initiative. Transcending ourselves with purpose is one of these shifts. The author shares the cases of SunTrust and Zappos and the impact that shared meaningful purpose has on the employees as an intrinsic motivator. She also cites the competitive advantage of purpose-driven companies. 

maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
maintain a happy workforce is moving up as a necessary element for many companies

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/office/happiness-could-be-the-most-important-kpi-when-it-comes-to-the-office-of-the-future-83130?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

My comments: I chose this article for the insight on purpose driven organizations. The benefits of adopting these strategies are many. Businesses are more successful. Employees that find their personal purpose are happier, healthier and good for business. However, this article offers so much more about what is driving the interest in prioritizing wellbeing at work. It is worth reading. 

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

 

Topics: Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, improving employee productivity, worksite well-being, productivity, employee engagement, connection at work, purpose, Purpose at work, Mind Tools, Thrive

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.