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Does your workplace strategy help people connect with others? If not, perhaps it should.
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Does your workplace strategy help people connect with others? If not, perhaps it should.

Self-reflection, introspection and some degree of solitude are important parts of a psychologically healthy life. But somewhere along the line we seem to have gotten the balance wrong. Because far from confirming our insistence that “happiness comes from within,” a wide body of research tells us almost the exact opposite."

Source: www.nytimes.com

Time use studies show the average person spends little more than 30 minutes a day communicating and socializing! We are eating alone more, attending fewer social events, and "hanging out" virtually rather than face to face.

 

Yet we know good social relationships are essential to both happiness and our health. And we know having friends at work is an important factor in employee engagement.

 

What are you doing to encourage human connectedness? 


Fitwel
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Fitwel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have now created a new certification, called Fitwel, to encourage healthier workplaces, where many people spend too much of their lives. After piloting the scoring algorithm in 89 federal government buildings in 2015, they are now partnering with the Center for Active Design, a nonprofit established by then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013, to make it available to any workplace.

Source: centerforactivedesign.org

Another, possibly cheaper, option for companies who want to create and certify their workplaces as "healthy".


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