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Podcast: Leigh Stringer on The Healthy Workplace

Jacket cover of The Healthy Workplace Leigh Stringer recently sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss her book, THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees–and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line. Paying attention to (and spending money on) employee well-being yields bountiful dividends for any company, and Stringer explains how executives, human resources departments, managers, and even individuals can create a healthier workplace to benefit all.

Retention, recruiting, and even stock prices soar in companies that care about the health of their employees. Even when executives are looking to save every last penny of their budget, it pays to invest in the health and wellness of the people doing the day-to-day work. Leigh Stringer joins us to talk about her book, The Healthy Workplace (AMACOM July 2016), with some examples of companies who have done this successfully and some of their methods.

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Leigh Stringer, author of The Healthy Workplace

 

Leigh Stringer is Senior Workplace Expert for EYP Architecture & Engineering and is researching employee health and productivity in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design, and other leading organizations.

 

 

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Random Quotes from New Books this July

A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen

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Despite your enthusiasm for dietary improvement, an initial burst of motivation isn’t enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Long-term success occurs by forming new habits, which are behaviors that are thought to originate from an impulsive or nonrational part of people. In this context, impulsive isn’t a bad thing. It simply means you don’t have to stop and think about what you’re doing, or make a conscious choice to eat differently. But while you are integrating these new patterns, and even afterwards, you need to stay plugged into your motivating force. There will be moments when your willpower, you energy, and your commitment may wilt. You’ll need a pick-me-up, and staying in touch with your inner impulses in those moments can spark the flame to get back in the game and keep going. The more contact you have with your reasons for your new behaviors, the easier it will be to take the steps required to make them permanent(page 36).

The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line by Leigh Stringer

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“Today, Owens Corning is one of the first companies to pilot Harvard’s Health and Human Performance Index. This index measures employee well-being, productivity, engagement, and work culture and was developed by Harvard’s School of Public Health in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson as a tool to enable most robust corporate sustainability reporting. ‘The initial results of this survey have set a baseline of data for us to measure again every 18 months to two years,’ [Gale] Tedhams explains. ‘Even with the results of this first survey, however, we have learned things about our population that we were not aware of before, like the impact of mental health issues, the lack of sleep some of our employees are getting, and where smoking is more prevalent based on age.’ Especially across countries and regions, but also between the different functions in Owens Corning’s workforce and between employees of different age groups, there are always unique health issues to be addressed. ‘Knowing the specific issues and what part of the employee population is most impacted is the first step to making things better’” (pages 179).

Make Your Own Waves: The Surfer’s Rules for Innovators and Entrepreneurs by Louis Patler

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“Jack Viorel, founder of Wrightsville, North Carolina’s Indo Jax Surf School and Indo Jax Surf Charities, introduces underprivileged kids to the joys and lessons of surfing. He says what surfing teaches is deeper–and wider–than any ocean. ‘Even the best surfers wipe out–a lot. Getting good at surfing means a ton of wipeouts. To many of the kids we work with, their lives seem like a wipeout,’ he says. ‘Surfing teaches that wipeouts are just part of the deal. When you learn to wipe our and go back out, that can translate to your own life. You can wipe out in anything you’re doing, but all you have to do is paddle back out'” (page 87).

 

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Podcast: Paul Falcone on Partnering with HR

Jacket cover of 75 Ways for Managers by Paul Falcone Paul Falcone recently sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss his book, 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees, and how managers and HR can partner with each other to build the strongest possible teams. Among other topics, he explains why millennials aren’t so different to interview and manage, the difference between performance problems and conduct issues, and the importance of the balance between leadership consistency and flexibility.

Human Resources works best when it works with you. Whether it’s sticking up for your rights while on the job or having a productive conversation when interviewing for the job, HR is there to be your ally, not your enemy. Paul Falcone is here to talk about ways to improve the interview process for both sides of the table and the ways HR can help you out when you’re on the job.

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Paul Falcone, author of 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees

Paul Falcone is a leadership & human resources consultant in Southern California and has held senior-level HR executive positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and Time Warner. He is the author of several best-selling books, including 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews, 2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals, 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems, 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees, and 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, and Paul’s consulting practice focuses on effective hiring, performance management, leadership development, and strengthening the muscle of a company’s frontline leadership team. He is a long-term contributor to HR Magazine.

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Random Quotes from New Books This June

75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees by Paul Falcone

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“Another crucial aspect of effective communication lies in knowing what not to say. Too many leaders have inadvertently stepped on land mines without realizing it because they either said too much or otherwise made promises or guarantees that they simply couldn’t keep. Knowing what not to say, therefore, is an important part of communication. One common area where such land mines exist has to do with over-promising confidentiality.

If an employee asks to speak with you off the record, train yourself right now to respond like this:

“‘Maybe. It all depends on what you have to say. If it has to do with one of three things, Laura, then I can’t promise confidentiality because I’ll have an affirmative obligation to disclose it to senior leadership: The three things are harassment or discrimination, potential violence in the workplace, or an inherent conflict of interest with the company’s business practices’” (page 101).

Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family by Kimberly Palmer

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“The biggest takeaway for me from my talks with other moms was that as parents, we can’t be passive about our kids’ financial educations, and especially when it comes to our daughters. As with lessons about healthy eating or safe sex, parents have to take charge of the conversation or kids will start to pick up all sorts of false and even harmful ideas. Between advertising on television and the seemingly magical powers of Amazon Prime, my kids could easily lose a sense of limits and frugality. … I knew that some of my conversations were sinking into my five-year-old’s head, because she started bringing up the topic herself. … When I sat down to pay bills one weekend morning, she asked if she could help me. She sat beside me and watched as I tried to figure out why our water bill had gone up so much from the previous period, and then explained to her dad that we had to look for ways to waste less water(page 162).

 

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Now Available on NetGalley: THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Cover art for The Healthy Workplace by Leigh Stringer We talk about health more than ever nowadays, but how healthy can a person be when spending eight hours a day (let’s be real–probably more!) at a desk? The best employers know that employee health is in their hands–and that employee health plays a big role in the health of their businesses. THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line by Leigh Stringer takes on workplace wellness and provides solutions for managers reconsidering their team policies, for HR departments seeking innovative health-related employee benefits and incentives, and for executives choosing company-wide strategies and even office designs that prioritize health. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in health and workplace wellness are invited to request The Healthy Workplace for review.

When employees thrive, the company thrives.

Is your workplace working for you and your employees? Studies show that unhealthy work habits, like staring at computer screens and rushing through fast-food lunches are taking their toll in the form of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Companies such as Google, Apple, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson have used innovative techniques to incorporate healthy habits and practices into the workday and into their culture—with impressive ROI. Packed with real-life examples and the latest research, The Healthy Workplace proves that it pays to invest in your people’s well-being and reveals how to:

Create a healthier, more energizing environment • Reduce stress to enhance concentration • Inspire movement at work • Use choice architecture to encourage beneficial behaviors • Support better sleep • Heighten productivity without adding hours to the workday

Filled with tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term plan, The Healthy Workplace will boost both employee well-being and the bottom line.

LEIGH STRINGER is Senior Workplace Expert for EYP Architecture & Engineering and is researching employee health and productivity in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design, and other leading organizations.

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