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"What was life like before COVID?"

Once upon a time, many of us believed that one day in the distant future, our children or our children’s children would ask us what life was like during the COVID pandemic. As we start to accept that any sense of normalcy might be history, it’s also starting to feel like our children or our children’s children might instead ask us “what was life like before COVID?”

The same can be said for large and small businesses, higher education, and any organization that relies on people working toward a shared purpose. While COVID’s disruption of the physical world has constrained economic growth, its impact on people’s emotional wellbeing is creating major problems for organizations in the forms of record-breaking resignations, explosive politics, and strains on human connection & collaboration. 

How can organizations keep their people thriving as we navigate our shared future? The answers must be rooted in foundational wellbeing, belonging, and authenticity for organizations to be nimble enough to flow from where we are today to where we’re going tomorrow.

Where to start? Center your organization around a shared commitment to help people bring their whole selves to their whole lives. 

What's New at Kumanu?

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Vic Strecher, PhD, Author of “Life on Purpose,” to Share Designs for “Wellbeing 3.0” at HERO Forum on September 22, 2022

Kumanu’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Vic Strecher, PhD, will be speaking at HERO Forum on September 22, 2022, in Amelia Island, Fla.

Strecher’s session, titled “Wellbeing 3.0: the Personal, Social, and Organizational Determinants of Health,” will help audience members conceptualize a new evidence-based framework that goes beyond the basics to address deeper root causes affecting workforce wellbeing today.

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As Wellbeing Takes Center Stage in Workforce Strategy, Kumanu Launches Capabilities to Combat Burnout and Cultivate Purpose​

Kumanu, the purpose-centered wellbeing company, today announced capabilities to help center workforce strategy on unaddressed factors driving engagement, retention, and better mental health.

The Business Group on Health’s 2023 Large Employer Survey reveals that most leaders now consider wellbeing integral to workforce strategy. Trending needs include Social Determinants of Health, mental health stigma, and rampant burnout.

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Watch — PurposeCast: Growing Up With Purpose

Sometimes our family can serve as a supportive, positive example of what we want to be when we grow up. And other times, our family may teach us challenging lessons about what we don’t want. Reflecting on this journey is an important step as we continue to evolve and grow. In this PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and author and self-healing guide Nakeia Homer will discuss ways you can honor your past, refine your purpose, and take responsibility for the life you want to live.

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Managing burnout — Part 3: Organizational Determinants

In today’s blog, Part 3 of this Burnout series, Dr Carr shares insights into Organizational Determinants and their impact on burnout and mental wellbeing. Just as personal and social pressures impact our risk for burnout, the organizations in which we work play a significant role. Parts 1 and 2 of this series covered what we call the Personal Determinants of Health and Social Determinants of Health respectively.

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PurposeCast Mary-Frances O'Conner

Watch — PurposeCast: Learning from Grief and Loss

Experiencing loss is part of life, and sometimes we can make meaning of our losses and live more purposefully. In this PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and grief expert and neuroscientist Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor discuss grief, grieving, and ground-breaking research on how your brain learns to adapt after loss so you can build resiliency to support yourself and others during difficult times.

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Watch — Purpose and Managing Emotions

During a recent lively discussion during our “Mental Health Month is Over. Now What?” webinar, Award-winning Professor of Psychology and Best-Selling Author Ethan Kross and Dr. Strecher dove into one of the most difficult yet important issues we’re facing personally, and in our organizations today: namely, how to keep our heads on straight during difficult times.

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Watch — PurposeCast: Finding Your Story Through Nature

In this month’s PurposeCast, Finding Your Story Through Nature, U.S. National Park Service Ranger Shelton Johnson and Dr. Strecher will discuss Johnson’s inspirational story of purpose and how you can discover your own story through nature – and help others do the same. They discuss the relationship we have to nature and how it can inspire us to live more purposefully, and why people who spend more time in nature report they are happier, less stressed, have healthier hearts, and live more purposeful lives.

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What are we sharing this week?

  • Deloitte: From survive to thrive: The future of work in a post-pandemic world
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  • Smartbrief: How well-being can help people get through hard times
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  • Inc: The Great Resignation Is Going to be a Shock — Hitting Some Industries Harder Than Others
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  • Business Insider: Employees want to feel valued and a sense of shared purpose
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  • Harvard Business Review: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
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  • BBC: What happens when your office has changed for the worse?
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  • Employee Benefits News: U.S. parents are at breaking point over child care, survey shows
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  • HR Dive: 6 stories on how the pandemic has changed work for women
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Resources

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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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