Why Burnout’s Not the Way to Succeed

Wondering the No. 1 way to drive a high-performing workforce? Support employee well-being.

I know – it sounds too simple to be true. But consider this: the last time you clocked a solid eight hours of sleep, made time to workout, and ate healthily, how’d you feel? You were likely bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, feeling like you could take on the world and handle whatever the day threw your way.

Plain and simple, when you feel your best, you bring your best to all areas of life. The same is true for your employees. Healthy employees have the energy to work through whatever problem is on their plate. They’re more engaged, able to keep focused, and make meaningful progress on work that really matters. How would a workforce full of people like that impact business?

Unfortunately, it’s more likely that your employees are feeling depleted. They’re overloaded, run ragged, and finding it hard to focus on healthy habits. In short, many employees today are on the brink of burnout – and that’s not doing them or your business any good.

Watch this video with Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, and Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. You’ll hear how science, data and people’s personal journeys highlight that burnout isn’t the answer to success.

Register now for Thrive Summit 2015, April 27-29 in Boston. With over 20 sessions and 30 speakers, you’ll hear more about this issue and other important topics around employee well-being.

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

Join the Celebration: Support 7th Annual Employee Wellbeing Month

VirginEWM_largeWorkplace culture plays a huge role in helping to create healthy employees, driving their productivity and engagement – and stronger businesses.

That’s why this June, leading companies will come together to participate in the seventh annual Employee Wellbeing Month, a month-long initiative that helps business leaders learn new ways to engage employees in healthy habits and lifestyles. Last year, more than 200 companies and 70,000 employees participated in the initiative.

New in 2015, the Employee Wellbeing Month challenge will be open for even more companies to join. Physical activity is an important part of employee well-being, and the challenge can help motivate your employees to be more active during the month. Sign up and your employees can use their personal activity tracking devices and mobile apps compatible with the Virgin Pulse platform to measure and track activity. The top-ranking teams will receive a donation to the charity of their choice.

Interested in participating in Employee Wellbeing Month? Pledge your company’s support by becoming Proud Supporter – it’s simply and there’s no cost involved!

  • Lend Support: Lend your company name and logo to support the month. They’ll be featured on the site and in related campaign activities.
  • Join the Challenge (optional): Choose to join and your company will go toe-to-toe against others to see who racks up the most activity.
  • Get the Toolkit: Resources and ideas to help promote your company’s involvement.
  • Promote Employee Wellbeing: Plan at least one healthy activity at your workplace.
  • Be Recognized: Employee Wellbeing Month is covered by national and trade media outlets every year.

Launched as National Employee Wellness Month in 2009 by Virgin Pulse, in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, Employee Wellbeing Month is sponsored by these organizations along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork.

Learn more and pledge your organization’s support! Visit www.employeewellbeingmonth.com.

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

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/

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