First appeared on Forbes.com.
Now that we’ve settled into the new year, it’s time to look ahead with purpose. What’s cutting-edge? What’s over? Here are several trends I see that point to a more balanced, holistic, perspective-driven workplace in which we can really thrive and prosper as whole, healthy beings. And just in time.
Right now, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 70% of the American workforce doesn’t feel engaged at work. Employers will need to address this by working toward cultivating a healthy emotional culture. Physical well-being cannot be the sole priority anymore, because people bring their entire selves to work, emotions and all. Care that addresses both mind and body is crucial. Optimized workforces aren’t merely healthy. They’re also whole and fully engaged in their mission.
Employers are responding to this reality. Here are notable shifts that I see for 2016.