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Well-being and Company Culture
Interview Highlights

According to Gallup, only about one-fourth of U.S. workers feel like their company cares about their well-being. Monique Valcour, who wrote an article for Harvard Business Review about dealing with burnout, explains that people who experience burnout often feel like they're not doing their best at work and worry about failing.

Burnout usually happens when people feel tired and negative because they can't give them all when they're exhausted and not connected to their jobs anymore.

Gallup also found that workers who believe their employer cares about their well-being are three times more likely to be happy at work and five times more likely to trust their company's leaders.

Today, we have Laurie Ruettiman with us, a well-known career advisor and author.

She is an expert in self-leadership, personal well-being, and workplace culture.

Laurie has been featured in many news outlets, including CNN, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.


Recognizing Burnout and Prioritizing Well-Being:

Burnout is a common issue in today's workplaces, characterized by feelings of exhaustion, cynicism, and a sense of reduced accomplishment.

Laurie emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs of burnout and taking proactive steps to prioritize personal well-being. She shares her own experience of burnout during her time at Pfizer, where neglecting her well-being led to dissatisfaction and poor performance.

Through self-reflection and making small but meaningful changes, Laurie was able to turn her situation around, ultimately leading to a positive transformation in her career.

Challenging Traditional Work Practices:

Laurie challenges traditional workplace practices, such as the reliance on alcohol-centric team-building events, which can inadvertently exclude certain employees and perpetuate unhealthy habits.

Instead, she advocates for more inclusive and innovative approaches to team-building that focus on shared experiences and meaningful connections without the need for alcohol.


Embracing Vulnerability and Self-Improvement:

Vulnerability plays a crucial role in personal growth and professional development.

Laurie encourages individuals to embrace vulnerability by taking small, manageable steps to share more authentically with their peers.

By creating a culture of psychological safety, even at the peer level, individuals can foster deeper connections and propel their career growth.


Cultivating Integrity and Visionary Leadership:

Integrity is fundamental to effective leadership, and Laurie looks for leaders who exhibit a clear vision for the future of work and prioritize the well-being of their employees.

She emphasizes the importance of aligning personal values with organizational goals and being willing to take a stand for what matters most.


Pursuing Lifelong Learning and Personal Growth

Lastly, Laurie advocates for the importance of pursuing hobbies and interests outside of work as a means of fostering personal growth and creativity. Engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment not only enhances well-being but also contributes to a more balanced and meaningful life.

The Bottom Line:

Laurie Ruettimann's insights highlight the significance of prioritizing well-being, fostering inclusive work cultures, and embracing personal growth in today's workplaces. By taking proactive steps to care for oneself and others, individuals and organizations can create environments where everyone thrives.

Official Transcript

Gallup says that only “25% of U.S. employees strongly agree that their organization cares about their overall wellbeing.”

Monique Valcour, author of the article titled Beating Burnout by Harvard Business Review, shares that those experiencing burnout sense their competencies waning and fret over their ability to excel. It frequently emerges with fatigue and cynicism since individuals can’t operate at their highest potential when their energy is depleted and their connection to work has waned.

Gallup also claims that “employees who strongly agree that their employer cares about their wellbeing are 3x more likely to be engaged at work, and 5x more likely to agree that they trust the leadership of their organization.”

Joining us today is Laurie Ruettiman, a LinkedIn Top Voice, Author, Speaker, & Podcaster of Punk Rock HR. CNN recognized her as one of the top five career advisors in the United States, and her work has been featured on NPR, The New Yorker, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Vox.

Laurie, you've emphasized the importance of self-leadership and personal wellbeing in the workplace. Can you share a specific example from your own life where prioritizing these principles led to a positive transformation in your work experience.

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