As a child, I remember going to my mom’s “company picnics”. All the employees and their families (including pets) came together for a day of BBQs, games, and celebrations. As a kid, I loved the water balloon tosses and three-legged races. Now as an adult I realize there was so much more to those off-site gatherings. Whether it was apparent or not, things like engagement and connection were constantly at work. These hot topics of “engagement”, “social well-being”, and “D&I” weren’t talked about because they were instinctually built into the company culture.
Maybe these picnics are a thing of the past for most organizations but that does not mean we can’t reproduce those key components that build a strong workplace community. Connections and lasting relationships are instrumental to feeling a sense of belonging and commitment to our organization. Let’s learn from our past and become the wellness barbeque masters of our organizations.
Together we can make social well-being just as popular as those 10,000-step challenges and meditation apps. Studies done by OC Tanner show employees want three things from their employer for connection:
A sense of well-being and belonging
A meaningful connection with their second families (co-workers)
To be a part of something bigger than themselves.
If you are looking for a fun-filled session that is sure to satisfy your social appetite please join me, Jesse Gavin, on Wednesday August 28 from 2:00-3:30pm the WELCOA Summit in Philadelphia, PA.
Becoming Uncomfortably Comfortable
Effectively Engaging the Disengaged
We seem to be moving away from personal and in-person connections because of social media, technology and social norms. At the same time we are realizing the impact that an engaged workforce can have on the overall landscape of our corporate environment. Employee engagement is a huge buzz-word and the wellness industry is scrambling to offer solutions. Come join the conversation and together we will raise the bar of human living through employee connections.
Attend this year’s WELCOA Summit, August 26 – 28 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA and create the wellness program of your dreams.
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