Employees 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
- Healthy Meeting and Event Guide UC Berkeley--complete guide
- WorkWell with Checklist (PDF) Healthy Habits at Work (workstation ergonomics and habits)
- FitWell (PDF) Move More at Work
- EatWell (PDF) Healthy Eating at Work
- BeWell (PDF) Stress Management at Work
- UCLA's Free Guided Meditations--play them right on your computer.....
- UC Smart Break; LImber Up Office Flexibility exercise videos UC Irvine
- UC Smart Break; Cheer Up Stress relieving videos UC Irvine
- Activity Breaks PDFs UC Berkeley
- 5-Minute Instant Recess Video UC Berkeley
- Wellness Program Supervisor Kit (PDF) UC Riverside
- Wellness Culture Audit (PDF) UC Riverside
Workbooks, videos, tools: Worklife & Workplace Flexibility
- A Ten Step Guide to Working More Human Globoforce 2017
- Creating a More Human Workplace Where Employees and Business Thrive SHRM Effective Practice Guidelines Series 2016
- Seven Components of an Effective Workplace SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
- Performance Management: Managing Teleworkers Requires Topnotch Performance Management Skills Office of Personnel Management, US Government.
- Evaluating the Employees You Can't See Harvard Business Review
- Eight Tips for Evaluating Telework Performance Reviews.net
- Helping Managers and Employees Address Equity in a Flexible Working Environment Huffington Post
- Employers and Employees Must Work Together for the Well-Being of Both 1 Million for Work Flexibility
- 1 Million for Work Flexibility Website--Join to Receive news and updates
- Work-Life Balance & Disability website
Good Websites to Bookmark for Daily Inspiration/Ideas/Digging Deeper:
Articles, Research and Informative Resources
- What Engagement at Work Really Looks Like Limeade e-booklet (A corporate wellness technology company on employee engagement)
- Seven Fundamental Steps for Building A Great Place to Work Limeade e-booklet
- Why Work-Life BALANCE is Dead Limeade e-booklet
- The Whole Employee: What Every CHRO Should Know Limeade e-booklet
- How's Your Work-Life Balance? Psychology Today article on work-life balance and how to achieve it
- Dealing with Burnout Psychology Today collection of articles on specific topics
- Leadership, Stress, and the Importance of Self-Care Mercer article on self-care for managers/supervisors
- Ten Ways to Be More Mindful at Work Mindful Magazine
- Work-Life Balance & Disability website
Articles Cited in Toolkit
- Managerial Leadership May be Key to Employee Wellness Psychcentral News
- Creating an Engaged Culture Through Wellbeing Virgin Pulse
- Managers with High Well-Being Twice as Likely to Be Engaged Gallup News Business Journal,
- A Ten Step Guide to Working More Human Globoforce: Work Human.
- Managing Flexible Schedules: What Successful Organizations Do White paper, Sloan School of Management, MIT
- The Business Case for Wellbeing Gallup News 2010
- Work and Life, A behavioral Approach to Solving Work-Life Conflict ideas42 report:
- New America Better Life Lab Better Work Toolkit
- Business case: How Work Flexibility Improves Productivity 1 million For Work Flexibility
- How Flexibility Can Boost Employee Productivity Forbes 2011
- Flexibility May Be the key to Increased Productivity Stanford Business Insights:
- The 2014 National Workplace Flexibility Study
- Is Your Workplace Killing You? Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Graduate School of Business:
Videos Cited in Toolkit
- Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford Graduate School of Business: Is Your Workplace Killing You?
- Work, Family & Health Network: A Better Way to Work Video, findings from a pilot study
Infographics and Postables:
- What Is an Effective Workplace?
- Choose Health, Drink Water
- Cover Your Cough
- Fight the Flu
- Sitting is Killing You
- Desk Exercises
- UC Davis Stair List
- Lu C, Schultz AB, Sill S, Petersen R, Young JM, Edington DW. Effects of an incentive-based online physical activity intervention on health care costs. J Occup Environ Med. 2008;50(11):1209-1215. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31818dc438.
- Worker productivity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/businesscase/reasons/productivity.html. Updated 2013. Accessed March 10, 2015.
- Loeppke R, Taitel M, Haufle V, Parry T, Kessler RC, Jinnett K. Health and productivity as a business strategy: A multiemployer study. J Occup Environ Med. 2009;51(4):411-428. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181a39180.
- Partnership for Prevention. Leading by Example: The Value of Worksite Health Promotion to Small- and Medium-sized Employers. http://www.prevent.org/data/files/initiatives/lbe_smse_2011_final.pdf. Published 2011. Accessed March 10, 2015.
- Boles M, Pelletier B, Lynch W. The relationship between health risks and work productivity. J Occup Environ Med. 2004;46(7):737-745. doi: 00043764-200407000-00018.
- Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D. Lost productive work time costs from health conditions in the United States: Results from the American productivity audit. J Occup Environ Med. 2003;45(12):1234-1246. doi: 10.1097/01.jom.0000099999.27348.78.
- Partnership in Health Report: Prevention and Lifestyle Risks. Davis, CA: Kaiser Permanente; 2014.
- Hudson, Warner T. Unpublished Report. WorkStrong Results 31 Months of Data After WorkStrong Graduation. 2015