If you're just joining the party, here's an excellent resource for a beginner's guide to podcasts. Podcasts are rapidly emerging - hundreds of thousands to filter through. You can get lost in algorithmic suggestions, search engines or a stockpile of colleague recommendations. Just when you find a nice podcast to couple down with, new episodic concepts are flooding our earbuds.
Here’s a common scenario: Your company decides to offer a wellness challenge, and you get a big group committed to running a 5k or walking 10,000 steps a day for a month. People seem excited and motivated at the beginning of the program. But by the end, or a few weeks after? That excitement has vanished.
Why does this approach to employee wellbeing tend to fade out? First off, once the ideal conditions and group encouragement are gone, most people revert back to their usual habits (you can learn more about how tricky it is to really create new habits here). But perhaps more importantly, it’s because the goal was set externally and isn’t necessarily relevant to each individual participant.
Want to know how you can start making personalized wellbeing programming that recognizes your employees as individuals? Read on to learn more about the benefits to personalizing your wellbeing program, and how to actually accomplish this. Let’s get personal.
Take a moment to consider the New Year’s resolutions you eagerly set for yourself at the beginning of this year. Remember that vision of a “new you” you saw parading in your mind?
Now flash forward to the present. Have you been hitting the gym, sticking to your diet plan, and spending more time with your family and friends? If so, good for you. That’s quite a feat. But if not... congratulations! You have a normally functioning response to negatively framed goals. Your neurological pathways for behavior change (or lack thereof) are right on track.
New Year’s resolutions, like many goals we aspirationally set for ourselves, focus on change from an undesired state or behavior to an ideal one. Although we may strive for self-improvement, it’s not as simple as just deciding that we want to be healthier, more generous, and well-balanced people. This process of setting ideals, but failing to reach them is an agonizing, yet very common one.
As an employer, it’s important to understand why you may be seeing performance outcomes by your employees that don’t match your (or likely their) ideals. Just as we all struggle with executing our New Year’s resolutions, employees can also have a hard time reaching their aspirations in the workplace. This is part of the bigger issue that humans can sometimes be our own barriers to achievement and change.
So how can you help employees make real, effective changes to their lives? Read on for a few ideas!
We can all use a mental pick-me-up sometimes. When work and life feels difficult and demanding, hearing the hopeful, wise words of others can really give us an emotional boost and the energy to keep going.
Here are 5 inspiring, thought-provoking TED talks from the archives, all about the power of motivation, positive psychology and the journey toward happiness and fulfillment. We hope you find these as fascinating as we do.