Well-being in the Workplace

This collection explores fostering mind, body, and sense of purpose in individuals, teams, and organizations for a more resilient workforce and improved well-being in the workplace

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Using digital tech to support employees’ mental health and resilience

– Poor mental health takes a heavy toll on individuals and businesses. New digital solutions can help employers provide personalized... support and make well-being a strategic focus for their organization.
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‘Back to human’: Why HR leaders want to focus on people again

– Chief human-resource officers in Europe say a shift to employee-centric policies is long overdue. The pandemic is a big factor... in their thinking, but process fatigue has been building for some time.
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National surveys reveal disconnect between employees and employers around mental health need

– National surveys of employers and employees provide insights into mental health needs of the US workforce and how employers can... best address them.
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Out of the shadows: Sustainably improving workplace mental health

– The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated preexisting workplace mental health challenges, creating a new imperative for leaders to... take a holistic and methodical approach to workplace mental health.
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Help your employees find purpose—or watch them leave

– Employees expect their jobs to bring a significant sense of purpose to their lives. Employers need to help meet this need, or... be prepared to lose talent to companies that will.
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How to turn everyday stress into ‘optimal stress’

– Managed well, stress can be an ally rather than an enemy. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.
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Psychological safety and the critical role of leadership development

– While the benefits of psychological safety are well established, a new survey suggests how leaders, by developing specific skills,... can create a safer and higher-performance work environment.
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Mental health in the workplace: The coming revolution

– Employees are in need and are demanding better coverage. Here’s how leading companies get mental health coverage right.
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Overcoming pandemic fatigue: How to reenergize organizations for the long run

– Leaders must actively manage the energy of their workforces, cultivate the quality of employee relationships, and demonstrate... a capacity for resilience to recharge their organizations during crises.
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Diverse employees are struggling the most during COVID-19—here’s how companies can respond

– New global research shows that despite companies’ recent efforts, diverse employees need more. Businesses should ask themselves... new questions for a changed workplace.
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Five ways to design a better mental-health future for a stressed-out workforce

– Almost 41 percent of Americans struggle with mental-health issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, but many companies remain... ill equipped to address the problem.
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The boss factor: Making the world a better place through workplace relationships

– Businesses looking to make an external social contribution should, paradoxically, look inside: improving workers’ job satisfaction... could be the single most important thing they do.
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Tuning in, turning outward: Cultivating compassionate leadership in a crisis

– Four qualities—awareness, vulnerability, empathy, and compassion—are critical for business leaders to care for people... in crisis and set the stage for business recovery.
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How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a crisis

– Six practices can help leaders build their self-awareness and guide their organizations through the challenges ahead.
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The overlooked essentials of employee well-being

– If you really want to increase employees’ health and well-being, focus on job control and social support.

To truly build a more resilient workforce and rebuild the economy in 2021 and beyond, employers should prioritize well-being, which is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Businesses should treat well-being as a tangible skill, a critical business input, and a measurable outcome.

Liz Hilton Segel Managing Partner, North America

Featured podcasts

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The search for purpose at work

– Purpose is personal, but companies play a critical role in how we express it.
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Grief, loss, burnout: Talking about complex feelings at work

– Leaders have always navigated emotional dynamics in the workplace—but not at the scale and intensity unleashed by the COVID-19... pandemic. Here’s how to map this shifting terrain.
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COVID-19 and behavioral health: Consequences for companies and employees

– The pandemic is exacerbating the US behavioral-health crisis, with stress, social isolation, and unemployment fueling up to $140... billion in added spending. A holistic approach to healthcare can help.

Featured Interviews

Author Talks: Dambisa Moyo on how boards can work better

– In her new book, Dambisa Moyo explores the role of corporate boards in the 21st century and how they need to adapt to greater demands.

Author Talks: Hubert Joly on unleashing human magic

– The former chairman and CEO of Best Buy describes the leadership principles required to thrive in capitalism’s next era.

Author Talks: Susan McPherson on building meaningful relationships—in business and in life

– In a new book, Susan McPherson offers a road map to unlocking a more meaningful life and enduring relationships.

How wellbeing improves performance: An interview with Annastiina Hintsa

– The CEO of Hintsa Performance argues that wellbeing is the foundation of sustainable high performance—not a reward for it.

Author Talks: Fred Dust on making conversations count

– In his new book, designer Fred Dust offers a blueprint for having more productive, deliberate, and purposeful conversations.

Author Talks: Poet Maggie Smith on loss, creativity, and change

– In her latest book, Maggie Smith writes about new beginnings as opportunities for transformation.

Author Talks: McKinsey Global Institute’s Peter Gumbel on searching for identity

– In his new book, Peter Gumbel grapples with the complexity of belonging in an increasingly global world.

Reenergizing an exhausted organization: A conversation with Admiral John Richardson

– The former chief of naval operations suggests strategies for leaders to avoid burnout and prevent pandemic fatigue.

Psychological safety, emotional intelligence, and leadership in a time of flux

– Two renowned scholars and two McKinsey experts illuminate the leadership imperatives of our time: bringing people together, energizing... forward progress, and reimagining normalcy.

In one study more than 40 percent of respondents described a decline in mental health during the COVID-19 crisis, and nearly 40 percent of respondents said no one had called to ask, ‘How are you doing?’ Checking in on people is so important. It’s amazing, the extent to which it makes a difference.

Bryan Hancock Partner, Washington DC

Featured blog posts

The priority for workplaces in the new normal? Wellbeing

– By talking about wellbeing and backing it with action, leaders can eliminate a work culture that implies work should come before personal needs.

Lessons in leadership and well-being from Bill George

– The former Medtronic CEO and Harvard Business School professor joined McKinsey leaders for a conversation on how to create, protect,... and grow well-being practices on our teams and in our lives.

Making work meaningful from the C-suite to the frontline

– By highlighting the impact work has across these five sources, leaders can create a greater sense of meaning for their people.

The future of the workplace: Embracing change and fostering connectivity

– Organizations must take three key actions to reimagine the workplace and its purpose in the future of work.

Promoting psychological safety starts with developing leaders

– Organizations that foster psychological safety can reap many benefits to team health and performance.

Grief, loss, burnout: Navigating a new emotional landscape at work

– A discussion to help leaders address complex and uncomfortable topics in the midst of returning to offices.

Zoning in and out of stress

– While it’s normal to navigate varying levels of stress every day, taking steps to manage that stress is key.

Foster individual purpose within your organization

– The more you can connect purpose to recruiting, onboarding, and performance management, the more likely the benefits will build... upon one another.

Aristotle can help young leaders create meaning in difficult moments

– When times are difficult, building virtues could be the single source of meaning that could help you pull through, as they have... done for countless others in the past.

What to do when you’re awake at 3 a.m.

– Maintenance insomnia, or difficulty staying asleep, is distressingly common, impacting our quality of life and cognitive abilities.... But these three techniques can help us fall and stay asleep.

Don’t stress out: how to build long-term resilience

– While we often turn to quick external solutions, building long-term resilience to stress starts from within.

Sleep more, work better: tips on getting more zzz’s

– Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Take these steps to sleep more and work better.

Leaders: It’s OK to not know everything

– More and more, leaders tell us they feel out of their usual comfort zone and on unstable ground. What’s the solution?