Summary, Resources and Action Plans

group of hands fist bumpingEmployees look to their leaders for cues on how to model their behavior.

So, for example, if leaders regularly send out e-mails in the evenings and over the weekends, it’s a near guarantee that their direct reports will feel compelled to read and respond to them. Not surprisingly, even when leaders explicitly say they don’t expect responses on late at night or on weekends, their actions speak louder than their words.

The “values” that shape organizational culture are not merely those values that are typed up and laminated for employees to tack up next to their computer monitors. These are the values that are deeply rooted and visible to everyone in an organization. If your organization states they “value” wellness and flexible work arrangements, this means your leaders must not only avail themselves of these values, they must also create visibility for their employees.

Ultimately, it does not matter how many policies and programs an organization may devise around wellbeing, if those at the top aren’t using them, then those attempting to climb the ladder will take this as a signal that they shouldn’t either. This sends a very strong signal to the rest of the workforce, as well. Having leaders provide wellbeing programs isn’t enough either. They need to use the options in a way that is visible to the rest of the organization.

While it is essential to have the support of senior managers, the use of internal champions to communicate the wellbeing message is very effective in helping to embed wellbeing into the workplace. This requires the wellbeing message being made relevant to every level of the organization with champions and supporters openly encouraging their colleagues to greater achievements. Wellbeing champions also play a huge role in establishing and maintaining cultural norms that encourage healthy behaviors.


Workbooks, videos, tools: Wellness

Workbooks, videos, tools: Worklife & Workplace Flexibility

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Works Cited:

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