REGISTER 11/6: Workplace Wellness that Works: Take a da Vinci Approach to Change


By Michigan Wellness Council 

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TRAINING – November 6, 2018:
Workplace Wellness That Works

(Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

Training Sponsored by  MARSHmclennan


Part 5 of a 10-Part Series
(This is Step 5, out of 10 Steps, derived from Laura’s book, Workplace Wellness That Works. She will be outlining 10 steps to improve upon how we’re designing and delivering workplace wellness.)

For a deeper dive, join Laura Putnam on November 6th in Troy, MI
for a day-long Workplace Wellness That Works training session
In the meantime, share your thoughts on promoting health and well-being in the workplace!

PART 5: Take a da Vinci Approach to Change

In 1987 speech, Ronald Reagan famously stood before the Berlin Wall, the most powerful symbol of the Cold War, and demanded: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” This simple line turned out to be a defining moment in the ultimate unraveling of the Soviet Bloc.

You too can create a defining moment in your organization by calling out: “Tear down these siloes!”

OK, perhaps not quite as dramatic as the first, but definitely important for your movement. In Steps 1-4, we talked about starting a movement. Now, it’s time to build it.

The best way to do so is by channeling Leonardo da Vinci, master of all polymaths and the ultimate Renaissance Man. Da Vinci rightly understood that great solutions, ideas and inventions happen by combining multiple disciplines.

Translation in the world of workplace wellness: Reach across department divides and bring together heterogenous minds and skill sets.

Here are three ways you can do exactly that:

1). Form unlikely partnerships – internally.
What are all of the departments in your organization? Now, wouldn’t it be cool if you had representation from each of them? This is what it means to have not just a wellness team, but a da Vinci team! For each, consider constructing a pitch that will move them to join your awesome team.


2). Form partnerships – externally.
Now, put on your community hat. Who are people and organizations outside of your company who can help you to build your movement? One of my favorites is the American Heart Association. They offer a range of free resources – from on-site lunch n’ learns to a healthy eating toolkit to a healthy heart questionnaire.

3). Finally, activate your managers.


Yes, you’ll want to garner support from senior leaders. They set the tone and allocate resources. But, managers are probably even more important, as they are the ones who effectively give permission (or don’t) to their team members. According to Gallup, managers likely account for up to 70% of the variance of their team members engagement with both their work and with their well-being.

Here are the three essentials to activating your managers to become Managers on the Move, aka, “multipliers of well-being”:

  • DO: Embody well-being; lead by example. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about getting started (and modeling this to team members). I call this: “I want to see my boss in spandex” phenomenon. As in, I want to see my boss actually in there with me doing it alongside the team.
  • SPEAK: Engage team members in conversation about well-being. Think about the difference between email blast from HR versus manager inviting team members to join him/her in attending a wellness event.
  • CREATE: Enable team members with team-based processes, norms, practices, norms – that make well-being easy and normal within the team. This requires a mind-shift from programs that are outside the team – to team-based rituals and activities.

If you want to move people – much like an agent of change – think less about starting a program, and more about starting a movement

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance speaking and training services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. Learn more about Laura at her website and follow her on LinkedIn.

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