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Employee Engagement: A Core Business Strategy

MATTER, Image © Garrett Rowland.

Successful business leaders realize that having engaged employees is not an HR program, but a core business strategy. We know that companies with engaged employees outperform those with less engaged employees. Yet, according to Gallup, a staggering 87 percent of employees worldwide are not engaged.

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Does Wellness Translate Across Culture? 

Differing cultural norms make it challenging to bring the wellness concepts taken as gospel in Western countries into Eastern countries like China. But that doesn't mean Chinese workers don't value wellness. Above: a yoga room at Gensler's Shanghai office. Image © Gensler

The word wellness can be loosely translated into Chinese as 养生 (yǎng shēng), which literally means “nurturing life.” It implies a very gentle, well-rounded approach to a wholesome lifestyle. It calls to mind a sexagenarian doing tai chi at dawn or sipping herbal tea in the afternoon.

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Wellbeing and the Workplace

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I’m sure that few of you missed the headlines suggesting that sitting is the new smoking and that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to such ill-effects as diabetes and heart disease. Reaching your full potential at work involves more than just staving off illness; it’s about being fully healthy. Well-thought out holistic and physical changes can help workers achieve full health. They can eradicate the scourge of sitting currently plaguing workplaces and lead to healthy habits that improve energy, focus, mood, and performance in the workplace.

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Reinventing the Workplace: Being Well, Working Well

What if this was your workplace? Scottsdale Healthcare Healing Garden Project. Image © Gensler.

“What if you could leave work healthier than when you arrived?” That question challenges the very notion of what we expect from the workplace, but it’s a question with far-reaching implications for health, wellbeing, and productivity. Research indicates that “people with high career wellbeing are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall,” according to authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter in their recent book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. Seen in this light, the reimagined workplace has the power to sustain employees not only economically – but holistically.

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The Kitchen is a Key to Workplace Happiness 

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They say that you spend one-third of your life at work, one-third of your life sleeping, and one-third of your life doing everything else, including getting ready and traveling to and from your job. So, this begs the question, if you spend more waking hours at work then at home, wouldn’t it be nice if you liked being at work more than home?

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