Weekly Wellbeing Resources: Mental Health, Workforce Trends and More!

March 1, 2021

When it comes to wellbeing, employers often find themselves challenged by how to approach a shift from a traditional wellness model to a comprehensive and holistic program that supports the whole person. Below you'll find this week’s curated list of wellbeing resources. Feel free to share these resources, as appropriate, with your team. Have a safe and healthy week!

Career Wellbeing

  • Leadership Books to Read in 2021 – Organizational Psychologist, Adam Grant, gives a preview of 2021’s new books for leaders.  Themes include fear and courage, isolation and inclusion, tradition and transformation, adversity and resilience, and thinking and rethinking.

Social & Family Wellbeing
  • Why Kids Need Mental Health Days, too – Especially Right Now – The pandemic has created added anxiety and pressures on children. Although we need to encourage our kids to persevere and persist, it’s also important to encourage balance.  Here is how to ensure your kids get a beneficial break when they truly need one.

  • Why Your Brain Feels Broken – It’s not just you, pandemic stress and multitasking can affect memory in a real way.  Parents have moved from having very well-defined areas of work, kids and activities to a place where everything is mixed.  Stress plus this epic level of multitasking is putting a real strain on our cognitive abilities.

Financial Wellbeing
  • How to Keep Your Expiring Travel Rewards Points – After a year of travel restrictions, nearly a third of all credit card holders have not redeemed their credit card rewards. But will these rewards expire before you are ready to use them? Here’s what you need to know about keeping your rewards intact.

Physical Wellbeing
  • Is HIIT the Best Way to Burn Belly Fat?  Here’s what science Says – Some trainers have been touting high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as the best way to target stomach fat. The workout, which includes short bursts of intense work followed by short rest periods can take as little as 20 minutes. But does science agree?

  • The Best Gluten-Free Pasta Brands to Try – As low-carb diets and gluten sensitivities have become more commonplace, a number of pasta brands have finally responded to the increased demand for gluten-free products.  Here are some gluten-free pasta favorites.  In addition to this list, we are also a fan of Bentilia Organic Red Lentil Pasta from Amazon!

Emotional Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
  • Gary Sinise Launches Mental Health Network for Veterans and First Responders – After years of charity work on behalf of veterans, the Oscar-nominated actor who played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, has launched a mental health wellness network to provide ‘transformative care, treatment, and training’ to veterans and first responders who are experiencing post-traumatic stress or substance abuse.  Gary hopes to ‘help heal the invisible wounds afflicting too many of our veterans and first responders – transforming struggle into strength’.

Employer Focused Wellbeing
  • Five Workforce Trends to Watch in 2021 - COVID-19 has reminded us of the dual imperatives of worker well-being and work transformation, but executives are still missing the importance of connecting the two. Organizations that integrate well-being into the design of work at the individual, team, and organizational levels will build a sustainable future where workers can feel and perform at their best.  Learn which actions may be impactful at integrating well-being into work.

  • 5 Workplace Mental Health Questions to Include in Employee Pulse and Employee Engagement Surveys – Now that mental health is at the top of workplaces agendas, how can we use regular pulse surveys or engagement surveys to better understand employees and to shape new programs?  Mind Share Partners shares the benefits, areas of risk and key questions to consider.

  • When Your Employee Discloses a Mental Health Condition – When an employee discloses that they have a mental health condition, it can be hard to know how to handle the conversation— especially if this is the first time you’ve faced this situation.  Here are some best practices for navigating the conversation.

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