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WSP 129 — Workplace Wellness That Works

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 6—Apr 13
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Mar 30
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Laura Putnam
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Apr 6—Apr 13
2 days
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Mar 30
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Laura Putnam
Do you have the energy you need to do your best work? If you’re like many, your push to get ahead may actually be holding you back. Evidence suggests that the hard-driving, always-on culture in Silicon Valley is contributing to poor nutrition, sleep deprivation, and stress, which if not checked can leave us feeling depleted and increase our risk of developing long-term health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Upshot: We need a whole lot more wellness at work. In this workshop, students will learn how to design and implement a holistic strategy for promoting well-being in the workplace. They will gain insights into new and creative approaches on how to better empower employees to make healthier choices, such as activating managers to become “multipliers of well-being” and designing built environments that support employee health and well-being. We will also discuss why most workplace wellness programs fail, and how we can leverage the latest research to devise programs that actually do work. In ten steps, students will learn how to assess their organization’s needs and craft well-being programs that are good for people, good for the organization, and effective in building high-performing teams. Students will come away from this workshop understanding what they can do to make a difference in employee well-being (including their own!).

Laura Putnam, CEO & Founder, Motion Infusion

Laura Putnam works with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and academic institutions on promoting well-being at work. Her work and her book, Workplace Wellness that Works, have been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. She received the American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact award and an MA in education from Brown.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Laura Putnam, Workplace Wellness That Works (ISBN 9781119055914)