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Take Charge in 2016: Make Small Changes for Big Rewards

2015 was a year of many changes in the field of wellness.  As the demands of work and life have become more complicated, many employers looked to wellness to keep employees happy, healthy and well. In 2015, many employers learned that wellness is much more than the simple absence of illness and/or disease. They have grown to believe that supporting well environments have proved crucial to impact employee engagement on many levels.

I believe that this trend will continue in 2016. Employers will adopt strategies to help individuals engage in positive behaviors that improve their energy and overall wellbeing moment by moment and day by day.  Please join me the coming year as we explore the newest research, trends and initiatives through blogs, seminars, webinars and book reviews. Organizational wellness has moved into a new paradigm and future is exciting!.

For me personally, some of the most exciting work comes from best-selling author, Tom Rath. Rath has spent his entire career studying workplace engagement, health and wellbeing.  While he has written a number of books on these topics, he openly admits that he has great challenges integrating his own findings into his daily routine. Fortunately, his newest research and book, Are You Fully Charged , uncovers the importance of altering behaviors that impact daily “wellbeing”.

This new body of work is at the center of the newest trends in employee wellness; learning ways to make small changes that lead to big results. For me, the emphasis on the holistic approach to employee wellness happened a number years ago after reading Tom Rath’s book, Wellbeing.  In this book, Rath introduces five interconnected dimensions that shape our lives: career, physical, community, social and financial.  Many would agree that we hope to thrive in all these areas but how we succeed is by the sum of our experiences over time. As Rath states, we can create meaningful change in moments and days, not years and decades.

Rath and his team discovered that to “be fully charged”, individuals need to experience conditions which he describes as “The Three Keys to a Full Charge: Energy, Interactions and Meaning”. Rath introduces practical approaches to adopt these three basic principles into our daily lives. These small positive changes can lead to happier, healthier more productive lives. I encourage you grab your iPhone, download this podcast, http://www.meaningfulhq.com/tom-rath-are-you-fully-charged.html, and listen to it on an energizing walk. It will inspire you.

If you want to learn more on ways to integrate these concepts into your organizational wellbeing strategy, then please join me on Wednesday, April 27th  for a viewing of Fully Charged by Tom Rath. This program will be a great way to kick off 2016 with new energy to create well workplaces where employees thrive and enjoy their best days everyday!