I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something wasn’t quite right. No one spoke up in meetings. Conversations were polite and free of healthy debate. Everyone seemed more concerned with documenting their actions (aka CYA) than presenting ideas and creative solutions to the team.
We’ve been hearing about the conflict between generations for decades. Today, there are five generations in the workplace, each with diverse attitudes, experiences and workstyles. With so many differences, is there a way to build a bridge across the generational divide?
At first, I thought it was the flu. I was exhausted and slept for days, which was unusual for me as a healthy twenty-something. When it happened again six months later, it got me thinking. Had I been working too hard? Was I burning the candle at both ends? Had I lost all sense of balance in my life? The answer was all of the above. I was living in a state of chronic stress and on the road to burnout.
It may seem like a silly question. What’s not to love about taking a break from work for a little R & R? I love everything about vacation. From researching and planning my itinerary to the anticipation that builds from the time I book the trip until I finally hit the road. I even love the packing and prep. Whether you’re heading abroad, playing tourist at home, or anything in between, who doesn’t love a vacation?
Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that starting strong can have a major impact on the success of your initiative. Building a solid business case for your project is essential. When it comes to implementing worksite well-being initiatives, putting in the time to demonstrate the benefits of your proposal up front, can pay off big time when it comes to getting buy-in from decision makers. Simply saying, “because it is the right thing to do,” won’t stand up to senior leadership scrutiny.
We’re all loyal to certain companies and brands. Whether it’s Apple, Jet Blue, Trader Joes or our local coffee shop, we tend to return to them again and again because we have a positive experience. And more often than not, it’s the employees who work for these companies who make or break our overall experience.
Brian takes great joy in being constructively disruptive, and helping people in organizations think and act in ways that facilitate their success and see what really is possible. Brian speaks and consults with people and organizations to inspire more meaningful, strategic, and joyful employee experiences. He believes that to change the culture of a workplace, we must focus on long-term objectives and that are supported with the right infusion of strategy, science, creativity, and “edu-tainment.” Along with being a co-founder and facilitator of Wellness Underground, Brian has also started and led several networking groups across the U.S. around employee health and productivity, and has facilitated the technology start up Quantified Habits.
I recently asked the question “Do You Love Your Job”? In the nearly 1,000 likes and 72 comments on my article, the overwhelming response was YES people love their jobs. For employers it is a constant challenge to create an environment where employees are happy, love their jobs, and want to stay.