OBM has a clear and bright opportunity to answer the challenge of defining and measuring social impact outcomes for organizations that consider meaningful improvements for society as part of their ROI, a worthy challenge currently being taken on by the world’s most forward-thinking companies. The biggest question for social impact investors is one I argue OBM practitioners were born to answer, How do we define and measure “social impact”?
Decreasing or managing stress responses within our bodies and brains means decreasing those unattractive, unhelpful responses that occur in the world outside our bodies. Meaning that, when you find yourself under significant stress at work, you are less likely to yell at that well-meaning intern who foolishly interrupted your frantic rush to clear your inbox. Meditation trains your brain to deal with situations like these by teaching practitioners to more easily disrupt the stimulus-response chain. What does that mean? It means you become better at harnessing those tempting knee-jerk reactions and choose a better alternative instead (thankfully, for the sake of your intern). While appearing straightforward, this requires daily practice.
A competitive marketplace requires companies to constantly and creatively evolve while keeping its biggest asset empowered and motivated without reaching the breaking point of burnout. Getting a Health & Business Assessment aids companies in identifying current contingencies that may negatively affect employee performance. But, will these types of assessments and systems yield results?
Imagine you’re hiking a familiar trail with your friends. It is daylight, the temperature is perfect, you have plenty of water. You are calm and safe. Time passes and you notice the sun is setting. You get up from your resting spot and realize, the trail is out of sight. Getting lost in the woods at dusk may cause an increase in heart rate, fast breathing, and body shaking—a fight-or-flight response that occurs when a perceived threat appears. Enter the hero- a compass! Your compass assists you in navigating and orienting yourself back to the trail. Crisis averted. But we wonder, where is the compass that helps employees navigate the modern-day workplace stress that produces the same fight-or-flight responses?
W3RKWELL linked up with Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Dying for a Paycheck, to discuss health in the business sector. “Employee health is not the responsibility of the employee,” Pfeffer said. “Employers should create a healthy environment for the people who have entrusted their health and lives to them. But, most companies don’t serve as good stewards for the people who spend their lives working for them.”
Over the course of 5 months I've been inspired by my 3 co-owners and their efforts to remain healthy and prioritize themselves in order to produce, achieve and build W3RKWELL in addition to their own outside projects. I am so excited to begin this month-long journey with my team and with all of you.
It is with great pride and excitement that I announce our Operation: Meditation at W3RKWELL. If you haven't checked out our Team W3RKWELL Takeover on our social media channels, check us out on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and follow along. Our team will be posting and sharing our experiences as we take our very own course: Behavioral Xanax 2.0: Decreasing Stress-related Behaviors for Sustainable Health (if you haven't purchased the course yet, head on over to the Behavioral Observations podcast for our 30% off code).
So without further delay, here we go!
W3RKWELL is, as far as we know, the only health-related consulting company in the country rooted in behavior analysis. We take our work miles past corporate wellness programs to consider all aspects of health-related behaviors within a company. Do you know the top ten workplace variables associated with the degradation of health (one of them is a lack of control over job duties)? How about ways in which leadership and performance management factor into employee health and business metrics? Don't worry, we'll cover it all. This begins our series on taking a deep-dive into what we do here at W3RKWELL, starting with reviewing an article on ineffective corporate wellness programs. We believe in educating clients on what's out there in addition to creating Corporate Health Heroes. Below is a blog written by our resident Assessment Guru, Miguel Flores.
An article from the Behavioral Scientist, brainchild of the folks at Ideas42, explains the role our phones play in our sustained attention. You can read the entire article here. See below for our takeaways on how to take back control of our attention and productivity.