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Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization Hardcover – June 15, 2015
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Workplace wellness programs have been around for years, but there is abundant evidence suggesting that the traditional model simply is not working. For starters, the rates of obesity, stress, and lifestyle-related disease continue to rise. Nearly half of all Americans now suffer from some form of chronic health condition. This is enormously expensive to both society and business. Making matters worse, traditional methods of encouraging workplace wellness don't necessarily cut costs eitherthe evidence of ROI for wellness programs is mixed at best. Workplace Wellness that Works brings a breath of fresh air to this current state of affairs.
In this book, top wellness consultant and sought-after speaker Laura Putnam shows how to take an outside-the-box, more effective approach to designing wellness programs. She illustrates why true health and well-being cannot be mandated but must be pursued voluntarily. Workplace Wellness that Works offers avenues to generate inspiration at all levels of an organization and infuse well-being into the workplace. Readers will learn how to move beyond top-down compliance initiatives and build well-being directly into their organizational cultures. Research clearly shows that simply putting wellness programs in place does not necessarily guarantee employee participation. The steps in Workplace Wellness that Works address this dilemma and provide guidance on engaging people in their own well-being and tying health and wellness to overall performance improvement.
Businesses that have taken a more creative approach to workplace wellness have achieved outstanding results. Using a practical 10-step path to creating and implementing an innovative wellness program, Laura Putnam shows that cultures of vitality are not just for cutting-edge companies but can be achieved in any organization. Workplace Wellness that Works provides thoughtful tips on how to generate leadership engagement and, when necessary, how to "sneak" wellness-related elements into organizational development.
Change is always a challenge, and the best new initiatives are context-sensitive. These two truths are woven seamlessly into Workplace Wellness that Works, which provides examples, resources, and action items for taking an evolutionary approach to promoting employee health and well-being. Whereas many authors have devised one-size-fits-all frameworks for workplace wellness, Laura Putnam shows readers a research-based path to identifying what will work best in their unique situations. This innovative approach will help wellness and human resources professionals, as well as managers and executives, re-frame the way they think about health and well-being in the workplace.
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Praise for Workplace Wellness that Works
"Laura Putnam's insights coupled with compelling stories and tangible action items will help any organization adopt a more creative approach toward transforming culture and influencing well-being at work."
Chip Conley, Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations
"A great book that inspires and spells out a better way to promote well-being in the workplace. Through stories and case studies, Laura Putnam shows us how asking the question, 'What's possible?' can serve as the foundation for healthier habits."
Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and international bestselling author of Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer
"Workplace Wellness that Works is a different and insightful look at an old topic that takes a more holistic perspective. Laura incorporates workplace design, culture, and a more employee-centric perspective with practical examples I can use to deliver healthier work environments for 'Millennials' through 'Baby Boomers' in the dynamic and intense technology startup market."
Christopher S. Dean, CEO of Swrve Mobile, Inc., Chief Revenue Officer of Urban Airship, and Chief Strategy Officer of Skype
"For those who are seeking a practical guide to workplace wellness, here's your answer. A book that's packed with innovative ideas on how to take action today to improve employee health and well-being."
Dee Edington and Jennifer Pitts, cofounders of Edington Associates and coauthors of Positive Health as a Win-Win Organizational Philosophy
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Laura's educational background gives her an engaging style as a presenter & that translates over into her writing too. Her book is filled with strategies and guidelines that can be put into immediate use with many real world examples. Her passion for this subject is evident and she is extremely knowledgeable in her field.
Laura's narrative surrounding the idea of starting a cultural wellness movement and shifting the paradigm from the individual to the organizations overall culture is the answer to momentum and sustainably.
If you are looking for a motivating book filled with insightful thoughts on how we can move forward and build a culture of wellness in the corporate health arena, read this book! It will be worth your time.
The genius of her approach is that the ten steps aren’t applied just once and then you’re on to the next thing. They do not form a straight line. The path she outlines is a circle, or better yet, a spiral. My experience has been that each time I applied the ten steps, I seemed to delve deeper into what it means to not only work, but truly thrive, at the intersection of individual and organizational wellness.