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The Healthy Workplace

Book Description

Is your workplace working for you and your employees? Studies show that unhealthy work habits, like staring at computer screens and rushing through fast-food lunches are taking their toll in the form of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Companies such as Google, Apple, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson have used innovative techniques to incorporate healthy habits and practices into the workday and into their culture—with impressive ROI. Packed with real-life examples and the latest research, The Healthy Workplace proves that it pays to invest in your people’s well-being and reveals how to:

    • Create a healthier, more energizing environment
    • Reduce stress to enhance concentration
    • Inspire movement at work
    • Use choice architecture to encourage beneficial behaviors
    • Support better sleep
    • Heighten productivity without adding hours to the workday

    Filled with tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term plan, The Healthy Workplace will boost both employee well-being and the bottom line.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half title
  3. Title
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Chapter 1: Health and the “Bottom” Line
    1. I’ll Have What She’s Having
    2. The Problems We Have to Solve
    3. Let’s Rethink the Workday
    4. Why Work Is the Right Time and Place for Change
  8. Chapter 2: The Evolution of Work
    1. Walking Man
    2. Farming and Animal Domestication
    3. Factories and Gin Carts
    4. Work in the 20th Century
    5. Working Today
  9. Chapter 3: Productivity, Flow, and Creativity
    1. Flow
    2. Group Flow
    3. Creativity
    4. Personal Control and Choice
  10. Chapter 4: Maximize Energy, Avoid Crashes
    1. The Benefits of Movement
    2. Eating for Energy
    3. Losing Weight at Work
    4. Strategies to Increase Movement and Exercise at Work
    5. Strategies to Improve Nutrition at Work
  11. Chapter 5: Reduce Stress, Increase Focus
    1. Workplace Stressors
    2. The Benefits of Mindfulness
    3. Mindfulness and Business
    4. Strategies to Reduce Stress at Work
  12. Chapter 6: Sleep Your Way to Success
    1. Sleep Architecture
    2. Strategies to Improve Sleep
    3. Shift Work
    4. Sleeping on the Road
  13. Chapter 7: Design the Workplace for Health
    1. Our Strong Bond with Nature
    2. Big Irritants at the Office
    3. Human Factors and Ergonomics
    4. New Building Standards
    5. Strategies for Creating a Healthy Work Environment
  14. Chapter 8: Create a Healthy Organizational Culture
    1. Better Me + Better You = Better Us
    2. Act Like a Fool
    3. Strategies That Change Behavior
    4. Getting to “Why”
  15. Chapter 9: The Business Case for Health
    1. The Role of Community
    2. Strategies for Building a Business Case
    3. The Future of Work
  16. Afterword
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. Suggested Reading
    3. Notes
    4. Index
    5. About the Author
    6. Sample Chapter from The Optimistic Workplace
    7. About Amacom
  17. Copyright