Managing burnout — Part 2: Social Determinants

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In today’s blog, Part 2 of this Burnout series, Dr Carr shares insights into how Social Determinants of Health impact our ability to regulate burnout and what role employers should play in helping their people overcome SDOH obstacles. Part 1 of this series covered what we call the Personal Determinants of Health. The last in the three part series will cover Organizational Determinants of Health.

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Watch — PurposeCast: Resting with Intention

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In this month’s PurposeCast, Rest with Intention, Dr. Sophie Bostock and Dr. Vic Strecher discuss how you can approach sleep more mindfully to improve your health and performance. Dr. Bostock has researched the science of sleep intensely, and is passionate about sharing information that will help people experience the benefits of quality rest. According to Dr. Bostock, sleep is a marker and predictor of health and wellbeing.

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Let’s get together this event season?

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The team at Kumanu is getting ready to hit the road, shake off our COVID-driven social awkwardness, meet new friends, and see old ones at a flurry of events taking place over the next few months. It kicks off in Vegas next week at HRE’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. See something in our list below that you like but can’t make the event? Please let us know, and we’ll be happy to share our most up-to-date research.

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February Newsletter — Why must there always be a problem?

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Why must there always be a problem? — George Costanza

Today, employers face the daunting task of adjusting return-to-office plans amid inconsistent COVID guidance from federal and local agencies as the Delta variant rips through communities like tornadoes. At the same time, vaccine hesitancy continues its stubborn and disruptive path, resignations are at an all-time high, and 2-in-3 companies report their wellbeing programs falling short. With top-performing employees and athletes alike putting their social and emotional wellbeing ahead of everything else, is your organization addressing these issues head-on?

Reality check: The answer isn’t simply remote work.

The future of work is one where a unified approach to wellbeing is paramount — one that addresses the root causes of authentic physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Organizations falling behind now will not be able to catch up later.

What's New at Kumanu?

Watch — PurposeCast: Respect

Having and showing respect is vital to the quality of our lives. However, how one shows respect varies depending on many factors including cultural background, life experiences, and individual needs. In this PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and Dr. Julie Pham guide you through a series of thought-provoking questions to help you strengthen your understanding of respect.

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A Key Missing Ingredient to Employee Wellbeing

You don’t have to look far beyond your news feed or workforce trend reports to be confronted with disheartening stats on how employees feel these days. From C-suite to shop floor, workforce wellbeing is top of mind. Yet despite increased investment around reducing burnout, treating mental health, and building greater wellbeing, leaders and employees are still struggling. This suggests that the traditional tools and strategies once relied upon to help employees, are falling short and not meeting the moment.

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Seth Serxner joins Kumanu Senior Advisor

Industry Leader, Seth Serxner, Joins Kumanu as Senior Advisor

Serxner, former chief health officer of Optum and leader of Mercer’s Total Health Management practice joins Kumanu as senior advisor. “I’m excited to welcome Seth to our team of expert advisors. Not only has he been a colleague and peer over many years, Seth is also one of those deeply passionate and versatile people who understands both the challenge and importance of improving health through a focus on factors like purpose, resilience, and health equity,” said Dr. Vic Strecher, Kumanu’s founder and chief executive officer.

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Getting to the root of emotional wellbeing at work.

Thought leaders and researchers at Kumanu, analyzing a nationally representative sample of U.S. workers gathered by The Harris Poll, developed a new model for employee wellbeing better aligned to the root causes of workforce wellbeing today.

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Employee needs have changed. Has your wellbeing strategy?

Wellbeing is changing. For good. Join us to learn how to offer more of what employees expect today: authenticity, equity, and experiences centered on social and emotional wellbeing.

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Purposeful Overview

The Purposeful Experience delivers more than a point solution and goes deeper than an app. Our team of wellbeing, communication, and program design experts support you every step of the way, creating a solution that is highly configurable, provides real-time insights on metrics that matter most, and integrates into your culture.

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Resourceful Overview

A first-of-its-kind solution to recognize, activate, and measure essential needs, Resourceful works with your existing programs to recognize and activate your people to their fullest potential.

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Watch — PurposeCast: Move with Purpose and Motivation

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Knowing the purpose, or why, behind your physical activity routine can drastically change your level of enjoyment and commitment. Dr. Michelle Segar, director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center explains that lasting motivation depends on choosing a physical activity for the “Right Whys.”

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Managing burnout — Part 1: Personal Determinants

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In today’s blog, Part 1 of this Burnout series, I will share some tips that are in your control to manage — that you can do personally to improve your risk for burnout. In subsequent blogs, I will explore the broader Social and Organizational Determinants of Burnout and share some evidence-based tips for leaders and organizations.

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3 Ways to Re-establish Human Connection in the Workplace

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We’ve become adept at meeting in the meta, sending out little upraised thumbs, and keeping our bunny-slippered feet under the desk during big meetings. We know who hangs art on their walls. Who takes care of plants. Who has cats. Who has barking dogs. These are signs of our resilience. Then again, we’re missing the human connection. While many companies still don’t have an option to be in-person yet, there are ways to nurture the soul of an organization to improve esprit de corps.

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Watch — PurposeCast: Discover the Purpose Behind Your Goals and Reduce Burnout

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In this month’s PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and John U. Bacon will discuss how to set meaningful, specific goals to bolster achievement and reduce burnout. Bacon is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and educator bringing passion to the topics of business, sports and health. Listen in as he and Dr. Strecher provide strategies to help you create and accomplish more purposeful goals.

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January Newsletter — How real is burnout?

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A recent survey by the Conference Board found that 77% of U.S. workers cited burnout as their biggest challenge. And with no playbook to follow, leaders are looking for ways to address the symptoms of burnout. But what are you doing to address the root causes?

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