Survey Says: 93 Percent of Executives Say a Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Employee Burnout

Survey of Over 300 U.S. Senior-Level Executives at $1 Billion+ Companies Highlights Appreciation and Demand for Employee Well-Being Programs

ArmsupAccording to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Virgin Pulse, 93 percent of senior-level executives say that living a healthy lifestyle can prevent employees from feeling burnt out.

How can executives and managers help their staffs avoid running on empty? Eighty-three percent of executives say employee wellness programs can prevent employees from feeling burnt out. Additionally, 89 percent of executives say it’s important to ensure their employees have the best available well-being programs.

“Employee burnout is a major concern for U.S. companies, but an overwhelming majority of executives understand that healthy living is key to combating this issue, which is encouraging,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “As managers, we have to commit to helping our employees live healthy, less stressful lifestyles. Employee well-being isn’t just about lowering blood pressure or quitting smoking. It’s about helping employees find balance and replenish what life’s hectic pace depletes on a daily basis.”

As part of the survey, executives were asked about the correlation between healthy living and productivity. Ninety-seven percent of executives say healthier employees are more productive than non-healthy employees. This dedication to employee health and well-being creates a domino effect that’s great for business. Employees are happier, more engaged and productive, and more likely to be loyal to their companies.

Do all major organizations practice what they preach? Not necessarily. While nearly 9 in 10 (89 percent) executives recognize the importance of having the best available well-being programs for their employees, only 74 percent say that their company currently offers employees the best available options. By no means are effective well-being programs ubiquitous yet – there’s still some heavy lifting to do – but the survey results are encouraging.

To learn more about how executives are viewing this issue and what leading employers are doing about it, attend Thrive Summit, April 27-29, 2015 in Boston. The largest conference on employee well-being, Thrive Summit brings together industry experts, HR leaders, and fantastic keynote speakers for three days of education, networking, and inspiration. Attendees will discover how to engage employees, create a thriving environment, and build a business that performs at its peak. To register, visit: http://www.thrivesummit.com/

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Thrive Summit

thrivebannerThrive Summit 2015 kicks off exactly one month from today. Have you been on the fence about whether or not you ought to attend? Wondering what you’ll really get out of registering for the biggest conference on employee well-being?

If those questions sound familiar, fear not. We’ve pulled together a list of the 10 most compelling reasons to attend Thrive Summit. Give them a read and make sure you register before time runs out!

Top 10 Reasons to Register for Thrive Summit (Right Now!)

  1. It’s worth repeating. Thrive Summit is the biggest conference on employee well-being (no joking)! Don’t miss out on three days of education, networking, and inspiration.
  2. The conference kicks off with Monday’s Thrive Workshop to help you relax, recharge, and get ready to learn! Based on Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonderand hosted by Arianna’s sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, and The Huffington Post Wellness Editor, Dr. Fitzgerald, it’ll leave ready to engage all week long.
  3. Last year’s inaugural Thrive Summit was one day and featured 20 sessions from 15 speakers. We’ve gone above and beyond that this year, with an action-packed agenda that includes three days of 20 sessions from 30 speakers.
  4. No matter your experience or your organization’s industry, there are topics just for you. With three keynotes and two breakout tracks, there’s something for everyone. Just take a look at our agenda. Then register and get ready to be inspired!
  5. Boston may have gotten the short end of this stick this winter with record-breaking snowfall, but don’t worry – the weather’s warming up! Here’s some great ways you can experience all our little city has to offer while you’re visiting.
  6. We’re planning to welcome triple the number of Thrive Summit 2014 attendees this year. That many HR professionals and thought leaders means major networking opportunities for you.
  7. You’ll hear from an impressive line-up of industry experts. They’ll highlight why leading organizations are investing in employee well-being, how healthy cultures help you attract and retain top talent, and offer up actionable tips for creating a great place to work.
  8. This isn’t your father’s wellness conference. In typical Virgin Group fashion, Thrive Summit has several exciting surprises in store. Want to know what they are? We’re not telling! (But believe us, you won’t want to miss out.)
  9. Thrive Summit is a great way for you to earn some continuing education credits. The entire program, save two sessions, is approved by the HR Certification Institute for 13 HR (General) credit hours.
  10. You didn’t think we’d leave the amazing keynotes off this list, did you? Headlining Thrive Summit are Robin Roberts, co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America; B.J. Fogg, PhD, behavior change expert, and Stanford University professor; and Ann Rhoades, former EVP of People and current board member for JetBlue Airways.

Don’t wait. Register today for Thrive Summit 2015 and make sure you’re with us for three days of education, networking, and inspiration. We’ll see you there!

Thrive Summit ‘15: Approved for HRIC credits

ThriveLogo_OnWhiteLate last year, we shared with you the exciting announcement that registration was officially open for Thrive Summit 2015. Since then, we’ve been amping up for the big event, April 27-29 right here in Boston.

Thrive Summit launched last year with a modest ambition in mind: become the biggest conference on employee well-being. Our inaugural conference was well on its way – featuring 15 speakers, and welcoming over 120 industry professionals. This year, we’ve hit our goal and can’t wait to top our 2014 efforts by welcoming 30 speakers and nearly 500 attendees.

In addition to the action-packed agenda, we’ve got three keynote speakers who’ll take the stage. Don’t miss out on the inspirational sessions from Robin Roberts, co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America; B.J. Fogg, PhD, behavior change expert, and Stanford University professor; and Ann Rhoades, former EVP of People and current board member for JetBlue Airways!

If that’s not reason enough for you to attend, maybe this is: Thrive Summit 2015 is approved for continuing education credits by the HR Certification Institute. Save two sessions, the entire program is approved for 13 HR (General) credit hours.

Ready to register? You’re in luck – we’re offering a registration flash sale today only. Use code Thrive300 at checkout today for 50 percent off current pricing (that’s the lowest rate we’re offering!) at just $300.

Don’t miss out. Register today and join us for three days of education, networking, and inspiration from our stellar line-up of speakers and keynote sessions.


Kaite Rosa is Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Virgin Pulse, where she leverages her personal passion for health and happiness to create compelling content about employee well-being and engagement. Outside of the office, Kaite spends her time mentoring a high school student, and recently trained for and completed her first half marathon. Follow her on Twitter: @kaiterosa

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