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The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture, and Buildings Lead to High Performance

The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture, and Buildings Lead to High Performance

Rex Miller, Phillip Williams, Dr. Michael O'Neill

ISBN: 978-1-119-48012-9

May 2018

320 pages

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Discover how healthy buildings, culture, and people lead to high profits

Organizations and employees now spend an average of $18,000 per year per employee for health costs, a 61% increase in 10 years. Every indicator projects these costs will double before 2030. This is an unsustainable path. These costs are the tip to an even bigger iceberg, the hidden costs of time out of the office, distraction, disengagement, and turnover. The Healthy Workplace Nudge explains the findings of research on 100 large organizations that have tackled the problems of employee health costs and disengagement in five fresh ways:

  1. Well-being leads to health and high performance
  2. Wake up to the fact that 95% of traditional wellness programs fail to improve health or lower costs
  3. Behavioral economics has become a new powerful tool to nudge healthy behavior
  4. Healthy buildings are now cost effective and produce your strongest ROI to improving health
  5. Leaders who develop healthy cultures achieve sustainable high performance and employee wellbeing

In addition to proving highly effective, these approaches represent a fraction of the cost sunk into traditional wellness and engagement programs. The book explains how to create a workplace that is good for people, releases them to what they do best and enjoy most, and produces great and profitable work.

•    Find actionable strategies and tactics you can put into use today

•    Retain happy, productive talent

•    Cut unnecessary spending and boost your bottom line

•    Benefit from real-world research and proven practice

If you’re a leader who cares about the health and happiness of your employees, a human resource professional, or a professional who develops, designs, builds, or outfits workplace environments to improve employee health and wellbeing, this is one book you’ll want to have on hand.

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About the Authors

Introduction: The Elephant Whisperer

Part 1 ~ Slow Moving Storm: A History of Warnings and Apathy

Chapter 1: A Slow-Moving Storm: The Existential Threat to Business and The Economy

Chapter 2 – The Rainbow in the Storm: Medical Science Meets Building Science

Chapter 3: Storm Damage: The Cost of Forgetting

Chapter 4 – Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Part 2 ~ Is There Shelter From the Storm? A Search for Wellness

Chapter 5: In Search of Wholeness

Chapter 6 – Why Happiness Before Health

Chapter 7 – Where’s the Data? Inconvenient Truths

Chapter 8 – The Mystery of Hospitality: Experiencing the Human Touch

Part 3 ~ Magical Nudges: The Road To Health and Wellbeing

Chapter 9: Nudge Thinking: How Small Things Lead to Big Results

Chapter 10: The Healthy Building Nudge: The Invisible Power of The Workplace

Chapter 11 – The Financial Nudge: The Return on Humans (ROH)

Chapter 12: Becoming Your Best Self: Rest, Engagement, Boundaries and Deep Work

Part 4 ~ Haven in a Heartless World: The Need for Safe Places

Chapter 13 – How They Did it: Creating Ecosystems of Care

Chapter 14 – Courageous Leaders and a Culture of Care

Chapter 15: The MeTEOR Story: Extreme Ownership

Chapter 16 – Starting a Movement: How 2nd Chair Leadership Can Change a Company

Chapter 17 – Haven in a Heartless World: The Promise of a Good Workplace

Appendix A The Well MindShift Core Team

Appendix B – Well MindShift Participants

Appendix C: Personal Story Template