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Putting Learning and Wellness Together

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Putting Learning and Wellness Together

Authored by: David Steed (OWLS) The time has come for organizations to capitalize on the synergistic relationship between well-being and learning. Well-Being and Learning are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. At least not in their respective fields of Workplace Wellness and Learning & Development (L&D). And yet, these two aspects are both essential to achieving a person’s full potential.  More importantly, they often work together and in concert to achieve a multiplier effect. Healthy people learn better. And cognitive growth leads to wiser health choices. (See Figure 1) Companies expend enormous amounts of time, energy, and resources in these...

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

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Are There Robots in the Future of Wellness?

By Dr. Gale Lucas, OWLS Director of Research Protect the children because they – and robots – are the future. ~ Adam Carolla From Futurists and Science Fiction writers to Computer Scientists and Engineers (and even comedians), people predict robots will play a big role in shaping our future. Some play on our fears that these mechanical counterparts will take over many services, put people out of jobs, and create an unhealthy dependence. Many also believe that the future with robots looks bright, efficient and productive. ...But could it also be filled with increased wellness? A Wellness Dilemma: Failure to...

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Culture, Climate...Blah Blah Blah!

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Culture, Climate...Blah Blah Blah!

So we have been doing a whole lotta shakin' in our little world of research. Want to see what shook out? (click image below) So many "thought leaders" spend time make distinctions between climate and culture. Let's get to work positively influencing them.

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Grit: The good. The bad. The undetermined.

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Grit: The good. The bad. The undetermined.

On Grit and Intelligence: Perseverance is a principle that should be commendable in those who have judgment to govern it.  ~ Mark Twain We value grit - perseverance in the face of challenges - in society. We say “never quit” and applaud those who persist despite adversity. American heroes pull themselves up from their bootstraps. Research suggests that there is truth behind such truisms and tales. Research shows that grittier individuals have greater success achieving important life goals that require commitment. They are more likely to graduate from school and hold onto their romantic relationships, for example, compared to those lower...

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Psychological Safety Eats Culture (and Wellness) For Lunch

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Psychological Safety Eats Culture (and Wellness) For Lunch

"Being able to share ideas and engage meaningfully with coworkers in local teams, crews, and work groups is probably the most important driver of culture, engagement, performance and also personal well-being, all of these together.  If you had to do one thing to enhance all of those areas train work groups on team awareness to create, support, or enhance that sense of psychological safety." Business writers have used a quote "culture eats strategy for lunch" (attributed to Peter Drucker) to convey that business or operational strategies will fail if they are not supported by the culture. When employee behaviors are...

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