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185: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation | with Dan Schawbel

The relationships between your team members make a big difference — both in terms of business results and each person’s wellbeing. As tempting as it is to rely on virtual communication and collaboration, technology too often contributes to workplace isolation and even loneliness. In today’s technology-driven workplace, particularly if some team members are working remotely, how can you cultivate a sense of community?

This is a big concern for me as a leader of my own team, and I know I’m not alone. I’m a big proponent of using technology for greater efficiency, but I recognize we often miss out on opportunities to build deep, authentic relationships at work. That’s why I’m excited to talk to career and workplace expert Dan Schawbel about his new book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation.

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Workforce Health Engagement™

WHE33: Engaging Wellness Solutions for an On-Demand World | with Lorna Borenstein, CEO of Grokker

Grokker is an on-demand wellness solution that engages employees with better health through video, experts, and community. Loved by users in 172 countries around the world and used by top employers like eBay, Aetna, and Pinterest, Grokker was named to the 2017 CNBC Upstart 25 list for successful startups.

With over 4,000 exercise, mindfulness, nutrition and sleep videos from 5 to 50 minutes, more than 130 master experts to choose from, and a supportive community to connect employees across locations, Grokker takes the work out of workplace wellness with an easy-to-implement, holistic, and cost-effective program.

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161: Becoming a Stress-Resilient Leader | with Andrew Shatté

Chronic stress takes a toll on the quality of work and life, for both leaders and the people they lead. Stress muddies our thinking, impairs judgment, damages health and relationships, and causes people to burn out and quit their job.

The solution, according to Dr. Andrew Shatté, is for leaders to become stress-relient and to teach resilience to their team. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress by helping people improve how they respond to adversity.

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Workforce Health Engagement™

WHE32: Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté

“Stress is the new fat. It makes us sick, depletes us emotionally, and diminishes our quality of life.”
~ Jan Bruce, co-author of meQuilibrium

Just like managing weight, managing stress is about becoming aware of personal choices and making better ones, and rewiring thought patterns so that an individual’s habits sustain well-being rather than sabotage it. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress and unhealthy behaviors by helping people challenge and adapt their thinking.

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Workforce Health Engagement™

WHE31: Building a High-Performance and Health-Driven Culture at Trek Bikes | with John Burke, CEO

The organizations that are most successful in building a culture of health begin at the top, with key leaders championing a vision that includes the wellbeing of every employee. In this episode, Jesse interviews John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes, who took a stand 13 years ago that launched a culture that has produced improvements in employee health every year since then.

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WHE30: Millennials and Healthcare: How They Experience the System | with Hector De La Torre

Depositphotos_25725981_s-2015They’re supposedly young and healthy, but a new study shows that more than half of Millennials report having a chronic health condition. In addition, Millennials struggle how to navigate the health care system, starting with choosing an appropriate health plan in the first place.

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Workforce Health Engagement™

WHE29: Behavioral Economics for Business Leaders: Turn Good Intentions into Positive Results | with Bob Nease

IntentionsThe new book, The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results, by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide for business leaders to apply behavioral economics to activate the good intentions of people in their workforce.

Behavioral economics has shown that people’s choices and actions often are not based on rational decisions.

If you are a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program, this explains why some of your best efforts at plan design, incentives, and participant education have frustrating results. We often assume (incorrectly) that if we give people the right information and financial carrots and sticks, they will:

  • Adopt healthier behaviors such as saving for retirement and eating healthier, and
  • Make smart-consumer choices such as choosing high-quality, lower-cost medications and providers.
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4 Ways to Boost Benefits & Wellness Results with Behavioral Econ

Successful young business people walking together in the same diThe new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues.

The framework of seven strategies explained in the book is most powerful when the strategies are combined. Here is a rule of thumb for how to combine them:

1 “power” strategy + 1 or more “enhancing” strategies + uber strategy

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Make Leading Easier with Behavioral Economics

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The new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues, including wellness and benefits. Author Bob Nease, PhD, who was the chief scientist at Express Scripts for many years, provides a framework of seven strategies that have been proven to measurably improve choices and behaviors.

For benefits managers and wellness program leaders, this strategic framework offers three key advantages:

  • Effective: The most important advantage is that the strategies get significantly better results than relying solely on plan design, incentives, and participant education.
  • Voluntary rather than mandatory: By using behavioral science to “nudge” people to voluntarily make the better choice, employers can achieve results that are almost as effective as pushing them with mandatory programs — with much less noise and cost to morale.
  • Optimistic: The data shows most people want to do the right thing (see below). Using the seven strategies, you can give them the help they need to live out those good intentions. 
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Behavioral Economics Strategic Framework

IntentionsMost people want to do the right thing. They just need help acting on those good intentions. ~ Bob Nease, PhD

If you are a business leader — especially a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program — you’ve probably heard the term behavioral economics tossed around.

For the past five to 10 years, consultants and service providers have been claiming to use behavioral economics to ensure their programs will overcome the reasons why standard programs in the industry have failed to engage employees in healthier behaviors and smart-consumer choices. However, behavioral economics is a still-emerging field of science, and the only literature on the subject has been academic — not very digestible, nor useful for business leaders to apply to real-world problems.

Until now.

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Workforce Health Engagement™

WHE28: Avoiding Workplace Burnout | with Bill Holston

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One of the surprising things about workplace burnout is that no one is immune. Even the most engaged, productive, and passionate people can experience burnout — in fact, their dedication may cause them to be even more susceptible than others. In Engaging Leader episode 019, How to Help Your Team Have More Great Days at Work, Chris Rice talked about the risk of high-performing people becoming “Crash and Burners.”

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WHE27: How to Engage Senior Leaders in Wellness Communications | with Mark Snyder from Owens Corning

 

Business people enjoy healthy lunch in the officeAs with any important initiative, it’s vital to have the CEO and other senior leaders actively supporting workforce health engagement. These executives can help to:

  • Articulate why the initiative is important to the organization’s purpose and business strategy,
  • Create buy-in from all levels of the organization,
  • Cultivate a supportive work environment,
  • Dedicate resources, and
  • Serve as a model and champion through both their “walk” and their “talk.”