Make your program irresistible, and watch your team engagement increase

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Getting our team excited about a new wellness program can sometimes prove to be much more difficult than we anticipated. After all, we took the time to design something fun with the intention to help our team improve their health. We’re passionate and excited ourselves, so everyone else must be just as enthusiastic, right!?

Well, not so fast. It turns out that when we seek to make drastic improvements in our teams health and well-being, it takes much more than just launching something we think is going to be awesome. …


3 strategies a manager can bring to the table each day to ensure better health for their team

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What does a healthy workplace look like? It’s a loaded question, with many variables contributing to this optimized state of organizational well-being. But it only begins to form into a consistently meaningful shape when the managers are on board. Their communication, active participation, and ongoing development and desire to learn all play a crucial role in nurturing a wellness culture that can really thrive.

Our team looks to their managers for feedback to better take responsibility of their own behaviours, and better execute on their job. They want to continually learn new skills and work towards a shared vision. …


3 trends that will optimize organizational culture and productivity

The disruption this pandemic has caused in our personal and professional lives has caused turmoil, but also that of great innovation. Our working landscape has changed for the foreseeable future, and it has made the future come much quicker than we anticipated. The adoption of new technologies, remote work, and communication tools have already taken hold, and if not yet, they will soon enough.

Microsoft Teams meetings may not replicate the social connectedness that an in-person discussion carries, but within the context of how each of us works, and what it takes for us to perform at our best, there…


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Great leaders want what’s best for their team. They want to ensure that each individual is put into a position to succeed, one in which they are able to leverage their strengths and unique abilities. When all roles have been identified, filled, and placed in the correct spot in the system, the engine is ready to turn on. It’s time to go places.

But often the very fuel that keeps the motor running — our health — slowly starts to feel the pressure of the external forces around us. We might even see the changes of our team at a…


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“Our goals should serve as markers, measurements of the progress we make in pursuit of something greater than ourselves.” — Simon Sinek

One of the most common complaints with workplace wellness programs is the fact that it’s challenging to quantify a specific return on investment. When there is a lack of clarity on our expected outcomes and objective key results, we might feel as if we are swimming upstream. We spend more time, energy, and money, all in helping to support our team’s health without much to show for it in the end. There can be many reasons for this…


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“The capacity to call into question one’s long-standing ways of thinking and acting, to reconsider an approach to ingrained as to be second nature, belongs at the top of any list of what makes a good parent or teacher.”

— Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards

Supporting the health and well-being of our team can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. We launch new initiatives, bring in wellness experts to share insights, and push as many resources as we can towards our team. We often ask ourselves, “How can we make our team more motivated?” However, this might be the wrong…


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“Do not listen with the intent to reply but with the intent to understand.” — Stephen Covey

What’s one of the worst things an entrepreneur, or really, any business in general could do? Other than directly harming their customers, their community, the planet as a whole, evading taxes, or funding corrupt secret-society groups, I’d say it might be making a product nobody wanted in the first place.

Trying to solve a problem that never really existed in the first place (or trying to solve too many problems at once), and then spending time and money on marketing it strategically with…


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Back of female hiker between tall pine trees, looking at the summit of a mountain from the bottom.
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“Strictly speaking, the answer to the question managers so often ask of behavioural scientists — ‘How do you motivate people?’ — is, ‘You don’t.’ ” — Douglas McGregor

I thought it would be slightly enticing to title an article on how to get people motivated, only to proceed to share the above quote. If you are scratching your head wondering where this could possibly go, then great!

The entire way that we view motivation has been skewed towards that of the short-term benefits they produce, their immediate ROI, what we can expect, and less about the long-term value that comes…


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Google the opposite

A shadow-mentor of mine — he doesn’t know he is mentoring me, of course — and co-founder of Precision Nutrition, Dr. John Berardi is a big proponent of what he likes to call, “Google the Opposite.”

Most of us come preloaded with a set worldview, formed by the imprinting of our past experiences — our conditioning. This sets us up with all sorts of cognitive biases, mostly occurring below our conscious awareness.

In my case, I was always interested in the concept of engagement especially in its conceptual form within the workplace. …


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Confidence is not reserved for the elite, the alpha, or the uber-successful. It’s a mental state that all of us can move in and out of at any given moment.

You don’t need to forcefully will yourself into it.

You don’t have to dwell on the feeling of possessing zero confidence, while others around you seemingly have a never depleting reserve of it.

You simply (but not easily) need to show yourself compassion. The deepest layer of which being love.

When you can truly love yourself, you unlock a deep sense of confidence with its foundation rooted firmly in positive…

Paul Keefe

A Canadian wellness coach starting deeper conversations around mindset and well-being / venovawellness.com

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