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Motivating The Disengaged Worker

April 14, 2014, 09:00 AM
Motivating The Disengaged Worker
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According to Gallup, the organization that collects information world-wide on what people think, 19% of employees in U.S. workplaces are "actively disengaged" from their jobs, 52% are "not engaged," and only 29% are "engaged" (http://thechairmansblog.gallup.com/2012/05/ceos-bet-your-stock-on-great-workplace.html). For employers, this means that 71% of employees are either "miserable" or "apathetic". For far too many employees, this means that time spent at work does not promote overall well-being. This is distressing news for employers, employees, and those of us concerned about Total Worker Health™.

As we reflect on these statistics, we can’t help but wonder whether workplaces with cultures that protect and promote health, safety, and well-being shift the balance between active disengagement and engagement. TWH™ in Action! offers ideas for how such cultures can be created and resources to support your efforts. You can find tips for employers and managers to help employees decrease stress related to conflicting work-family demands. We’re also delighted to present our report on Promising Practices for Total Worker Health™ featuring Erickson Living. Read about the Erickson program to learn how they busted barriers to employee participation and earned an ROI of $4.00 for every $1.00 spent on their program.

Often people ask us about the scientific rationale for the integrated approach to health protection and promotion that we call Total Worker Health™. Our Research Compendium, The NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program: Seminal Research Papers 2012, presents three seminal papers on this very topic. Read more in "New Initiatives and Resources." The four NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce are also delivering research findings and products to support the Total Worker Health™ approach. To catch up with their most recent activities check out the Center updates. Plus, there are a number of upcoming conferences where the most current research and program practices will be shared. Take a look at the section on "Conferences, Webinars, and Trainings in Support of NIOSH Total Worker Health™" to get the details.

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