"Kate Lister breaks down the impact of the workplace on well-being and the steps to take to create a culture of well-being."
This article offers:
- The financial impact of of poor health and well-being on productivity lost, reduced engagement, and turnover
- The cost of healthcare, absenteeism, and presenteeism for the top chronic diseases
- A persuasive way to use a simple breakeven analysis to get your program funded
- Simple steps to kick-start a workplace well-being initiative.
Save the Date: IFMA Facility Fusion March 20 WE Pre-Conference “WE + Sustainability = Your New Competitive Advantage” – Space is Limited
Our global thought leaders promise to open your minds to the latest thinking on how sustainability will be the next competitive advantage.
This full day event is for everyone involved in the built environment that hears this call and wants to engage in a meaningful discussion and play a role in leading this important initiative.
Hear from Sustainability Leaders:
- The Edge (Deloitte, Amsterdam)
- Method Soap (Chicago IL)
- Cook County (Chicago IL)
Plus sessions on the role of technology, people and performance implications, best practices, and more.
To end the day, we will guide you through a powerful exercise designed to help you create your own, “unique action plans."
Filter bubbles are a problem for democracy. We believe they’re a problem for creativity, too.
From IDEO: Escape Your Filter Bubble and Enhance Your Creativity
- Talk to strangers - Bill Murray's recommends conversations with cab drivers
- Unfollow people like you - it will open your eyes to other perspectives
- Join a different demographic - Bingo anyone?
- Volunteer - It brings you eye to eye with people you don't usually hang with (and it will make you feel good)
From Fast Company: Expunge these three phrases from the conversation:
- Best Practices - By the time they're 'best' they're stale
- Return on Investment - Yahoo turned down an offer to buy Google for $1M because it didn't pencil out
- "When I worked for ..." - It's so yesterday
"Over the past two decades, the U.S. labor market has undergone a quiet transformation, as companies increasingly forgo full-time employees and fill positions with independent contractors, on-call workers or temps—what economists have called “alternative work arrangements” or the “contingent workforce.”
While this article focuses on lawmaker concerns about the absense of rights and protections for contingent workers (a worthy topic on its own), what I found even more interesting was the data.
A scan of business headlines would lead most to believe the "gig economy" was transforming the world of work. In fact, it isn't. The Uber's, TaskRabbit's, and Upwork's of the world actually account for less than 1% of the contingent workforce (which includes temps, on-call workers, contract workers, independent contractors, and freelancers).*
Accurate data on the number of Americans employed under alternative work arrangements is sorely lacking, but the most rigorous estimate puts it at about 16% of the labor force. That number has increased by about 50% in the past decade with independent contractors accounting for most of that growth. During the same period, the number of traditional workers actually declined.
The problem in all this is that contingent workers have none of the protections and benefits that employees enjoy. Federal and State regulators are way behind the curve in this important shift.
You can view the full report on which this article is based here.
* Some estimates of the contingent labor force include also include part-time employees.
"On a given day, only 10 percent of people say “thank you” to colleagues—and 60 percent of people report that they never or very rarely express gratitude at work. So OpenIDEO posed a challenge for the best ideas on how express gratitude in the workplace. Over 300 contributions later they announced the winners.
You can have a look at the winning ideas here, but the real winners are the employers that are doing something about the sad state of gratitude. In addition to lower turnover, research by Harvard and Wharton shows a simple 'thank you' can boost productivity by over 50%.
The article points to a number of great research papers and articles about gratitude. Here are a few quick tips for getting started:
- Start at the top; people want to hear it from the boss
- Thank the people who do thankless work
- Quality and authenticity trump quantity
- Gratitude isn’t one-size-fits-all
- Make it personal
And there's a bonus in expressing gratitude. It feels good.
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