We know that people with a strong life purpose have more satisfying, healthier, and even longer lives. But how do we maintain that sense of purpose throughout our lives? Join us for this PurposeCast, where Vic Strecher will talk with author and health and wellness movement-builder, Laura Putnam and her mother, Betsy Warriner, to explore the value of evolving our purpose as we change and grow.
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Fall is here and so is a new vaccine mandate. But some things stay the same: confusing guidance from the CDC, stop-start-stop return to work strategies, and an exhausted workforce is resigning at record numbers. Organizations committed to their people’s wellbeing today will weather these and future storms.
Purpose can seem elusive when we aren’t exactly where we want to be in life. We can get caught up chasing a series of goals that lead to a dead-end once accomplished, and we can burn out. Or we can become wrapped up in indecision and languish, settling for less than we want.
As the pandemic continues to disrupt and transform society, people are taking time to assess what matters most to them. Many are rethinking what work means to them, how they spend their time, and whether they are valued. It’s leading to a dramatic increase in transitions and turnover in the workplace.
Employees are leaving organizations at record numbers for a variety of reasons: shifting priorities, a desire for more flexibility, and a renewed commitment to their own wellbeing. Fortunately, one simple question can help organizations retain their people.
We’re kicking off a busy fall event schedule with our first stop at the Silicon Valley Employers Forum. This event is open only to SVEF members. Learn more about SVEF and our other events coming up here.
One of the most powerful ways leaders can help their people find more meaning in their work and life is to provide them with foundational wellbeing. Dr. Stecher joins Authority Magazine to discuss how organizations can help employees bring their whole selves to their whole lives.
Dr. Strecher was interviewed by Deb Gordon at Forbes.com to discuss the key to improving our vaccination rates. While we see some improvements since President Biden’s mandate announcement, we need a boost to influence those who still believe the risk is greater than the reward.
Dr. Jenny Susser is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, sport & performance psychologist, and author. She is a member of the US Olympic Registry for Sport Psychologists and has worked with individual athletes in multiple Olympic Games, propelling several to the podium. Dr. Jenny has delivered performance training to teams and individuals in Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Target, Nike, Hewlett Packard, Nationwide, and eBay.
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. 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?
“The last 17 months accelerated ‘future of work’ talk in leadership meetings and boardrooms around the world. What we see now is a movement to re-center employee experiences on purpose, belonging, and authenticity — root causes of social and emotional wellbeing,” said Vic Strecher, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Kumanu, and a world-renowned expert in the science of purpose and behavior change at scale. “Turning left for wellness and right for behavioral health while ignoring a purposeful culture is a flawed model. Let’s pull things together, starting with employees’ why — the motivations they care about most — and build it into each workday.”
Every time an economically seismic event happens, the recovery phase is accompanied by change and adapting to that change. This time around, employees everywhere are evaluating their current situation and feel empowered to ask for more from their employer… or else they’ll find a new one that will provide them with what they need. And it’s incumbent on organizations to understand the “great resignation” isn’t just about work flexibility — the root cause is much deeper.
Mental health disorders are among the most complex health concerns for businesses and have only worsened during the extraordinary challenges of the last 18 months. Employees at all levels have experienced moments of anxiety, emotional ups and downs, exhaustion, and witnessed friends and colleagues struggle with mental wellbeing. And while the pandemic continues to be a significant challenge, amid its volatility and uncertainty lie hidden opportunities for learning, reinvention, and adaptation.
Kumanu Founder and CEO Vic Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, Patrick L Hill, and Anthony Burrow recently published a research paper Sense of purpose in life predicts greater willingness for COVID-19 vaccination. A summary of the findings and practical steps employers can take to improve vaccine hesitancy is discussed below. With a strong purpose, one’s mindset can shift toward an interest in protecting yourself — not just for you — but to be able to remain purposeful every day.
We all know we should be kinder, yet many opportunities to do so escape us. But did you know that we are also wired towards kindness? Doing good makes us and others feel good. Kindness is powerful with research showing that being kind boosts your energy and happiness, and even increases your lifespan, preventing pain and anxiety. In this PurposeCast, Vic Strecher will speak with Brandon Peele to explore ways to build your kindness muscle, both to harness its benefits and to bridge differences with others.
Austin-based Public Benefit Corporation teams up with Kumanu to help employers solve social, mental, and economic challenges — often called Social Determinants of Health. Aunt Bertha connects people seeking help with verified social care providers and resources, improving the way companies support their employees, helping people meet their essential needs with dignity and ease. This partnership expands the abilities of our recently-launched employer-based solution, Resourceful, which supports employers by addressing employee essential needs not traditionally addressed with employer-based solutions such as food, transportation, and childcare.