Wellbeing at Work

This Program, built in partnership with Virgin Pulse, explores Josh Bersin’s framework for building and sustaining comprehensive wellbeing initiatives—and how to ensure they are successful. Wellbeing at Work starts by dissecting the evolution of employee wellbeing and asks you to take a look at what is already happening at your organization. Then, it dives deeply into the key areas that make up a holistic wellbeing program: mental resilience, physical health and nutrition, financial fitness, and family and community. The Program features a collection of global stories that demonstrate how (and why) organizations across industries are shifting their thinking about the role they can and should play in employee wellbeing.

  • ApproachOnline social learning, teams of 30-50

  • Learning Time5-6 hours

  • Duration5 weeks. Next starting: June 1, 2022
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Key Questions You’ll Explore in this Program

How have corporate wellbeing concepts and ideas evolved over the past decade?

What are the core elements of a comprehensive wellbeing program?

What is the relationship between wellbeing and employee productivity and engagement?

How can we make the business case for wellbeing programs in our organizations?

What do successful wellbeing programs look like and how do we evaluate if we are on the right track?

Field Manuals

The Wellbeing at Work Program is made up of 5 Field Manuals (our version of an online module). Each one contains a variety of types of content and social exercises culminating in a mini-project, reflection, or debate. Each Field Manual will take you between 30-45 minutes to complete but you can jump on and off at your own pace, as often as you’d like. The deeper learning happens in the discussions with your fellow learners so be sure to check in on the conversations regularly.

Wellbeing in Context

Wellbeing is not just a “nice to have” or “afterthought.” It is core to ensuring our employees can perform at their best—and stay motivated over the long haul. We must learn to prioritize wellbeing and foster organizations in which it can grow.

Mental Resilience

This Field Manual focuses on the psychological elements of wellbeing. While everyone needs a healthy, clear mind to perform well at work, wellbeing is not just about reducing stress or coping with mental illness. Mental resilience efforts also help build employees’ feelings belonging, purpose, and happiness.

Physical Wellbeing

When many of us think of wellbeing programs, we mostly think about perks aimed at keeping us well (and keeping company health insurance costs low). But, to stay competitive, we need to think outside the box about the kinds of physical wellness programs we offer and how employees access them.

Financial Fitness

Recent studies have found that many employees, regardless of how much money they make, struggle with planning their financial lives. This can create stress, distraction, and dysfunction. This Field Manual discusses how thinking comprehensively about employee financial health is good for everyone’s bottom line.

Family and Community

Our lives outside the boundaries of work affect what happens while we’re working. A strong wellbeing program takes this seriously and offers opportunities for employees to be the people they want to be outside of work, so they can be present while they’re at work. This Field Manual explores these interconnections and brings the Program to a close.

Featured Voices

Case Studies

The World Resources Institute connects its mission to employee health

Unilever’s lamplighter initiatives light the way for wellbeing globally

How Reebok keeps its wellbeing program in shape

Marks & Spencer Tackles the Taboo

Patagonia’s Not So Radical Wellbeing

This Program was created by:

  • Founder & Dean of the JBA
    Josh Bersin

  • Co-founder & CEO, Nomadic Learning
    Matt Burr

  • Learning Design
    Debra Newcomer

  • Lead Writer
    Amanda Burr

  • Video & Animation
    Tatiana McCabe

  • Production Coordinator & Media Management
    Mike Estler

  • Resource Management & Production
    Carolyn Ruocco

  • Video Editor
    Brad Hinkle