The Best Wellness Program is a Values-Based Culture (Work Management Roundup)

Welcome back to the weekly Work Management Roundup where we collect the best reads in work, productivity, and management all in one place for easy reading — and hopefully to inspire change in your daily routines. This week, we start off with an eye-opening piece on how traditional wellness programs just aren't as effective as an awesome workplace culture. Read on!

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do (Harvard Business Review): Forget wellness programs; all studies point to their ineffectiveness. If you really want to improve everyone's wellbeing in your organization, then create a values-based culture. Treat your employees as people instead of cogs in the machine, and make sure managers focus on positive interactions every day.

Why Quitting Your Job to Chase Your Dream Is a Terrible Idea (Medium): If you've ever caught yourself envying the great "leap" a colleague is taking by quitting and starting a new career, then this one is for you. It's a reminder that big breaks come slow, and that you shouldn't jump ship until you've squeezed every ounce of learning you can get from your current job.

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice (Scientific American): Sure, you can become an expert by practicing something for 10,000 hours — but only in a subject where the rules are well established and skills can be broken down into repeatable behaviors. It doesn't work for creative professions where output must be original, meaningful, and surprising. This article summarizes 12 findings on creativity that debunk the 10,000-hour rule.

Want a Better Employee Experience? Start By Simplifying Tech (Entrepreneur): Employees get frustrated when the tech they use for work is substandard, or if they have to use too many tools in their day-to-day. The solution is to simplify your company's tech. Use one platform instead of many. Optimize processes and cut out waste. Prioritize in-person communication vs. electronic.

9 TED Talks That Can Help You Become Insanely Productive (Business Insider): The key to productivity is always working smarter, not working longer or harder. This collection of 9 TED Talks gives you inspiring lessons that will help you optimize your work day.

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Tools:

  • Noizio – a free noise generator app (iOS and Mac) to help you focus by allowing you to mix/match nature sounds
  • Radio 2.0 - a ProductHunt collection of radio apps/programs in case you prefer to listen to music while working

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