10 Practices to Create a Workplace That May Lengthen Your Life

Example of social integration - People Looking Choosing at Colleagues Photo

In my last article, I shared two TED Talks on connection.  In Susan Pinker’s TED Talk, she referenced the research of Julianne Holt-Lunstad which found that “social integration” provided a 91% increase in the odds of survival for individuals. But what is social integration and how can you encourage it in your own life?

Why Connection is a Matter of Life and Death

Two professionals connecting

This week I want to share two outstanding TED Talks with you that demonstrate how both quantitative and qualitative research are coming to the conclusion that human connection improves the quality and length of our lives.

I’d encourage you to watch the entire talks (by clicking on the subtitle). For those who don’t have time, a few highlights follow.

3 Practices Help Protect You from Premature Aging Related to Job Stress

Man suffering from job stress

On Christmas day in 1984, Carol Grieder, Ph.D., then a graduate student in the University of California, Berkley lab of Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., stopped by the lab, curious to see the results of an experiment that had taken place several days earlier. Eight months of research and variations of experiments had led her to this point. There, in an image on x-ray film, was evidence that an enzyme existed that helped protect people from premature cellular aging. Ecstatic, Greider went home and danced around her living room. Fifteen years later, Blackburn, Grieder, and another scientist, Jack Szostak, Ph.D. were awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the enzyme they named “telomerase.”

Why We Connect

Hand reaching out illustrates why we connect

Peter DeMarco, a writer in Boston, lost his 34-year old wife, Laura Levis, following a severe asthma attack. Last week, The New York Times reprinted Mr. DeMarco’s “A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife.” It went viral. Take time to read it.

Mr. DeMarco’s letter expresses his profound gratitude for the words and deeds of doctors, nurses, technicians and the cleaning crew during his wife’s seven days in the ICU. They carried out their tasks in a professional manner AND went above and beyond by taking time to care and connect.

I’m looking forward giving a presentation at the upcoming ATD International Conference & Exposition. In it, I’ll talk about how the 3V leadership model helps organizations to create healthy, life-giving cultures that combat toxic stress and improve performance. If you are attending the conference, I hope that you will join me for this informative session.

Date: May 22, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Event: Presentation at ATD International Conference & Exposition
Topic: 3V Leadership Model: Developing a High-Performance, Life-Giving Culture
Sponsor: ATD
Venue: Colorado Convention Center
Location: 700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.

3 Practices to Protect Your People from Toxic Stress and Burnout

Doctor suffering from burnout

Burnout is on the rise in healthcare. Increased stress and complexity, and the demands to achieve higher productivity are taking a toll. Each year nearly 400 physicians commit suicide, more than double the rate of the general population. Healthcare workers are also susceptible to anxiety, depression and addiction. What can be done?

The healthcare industry is battling high rates of burnout. Each year, nearly 400 physicians commit suicide – more than double the rate of the general population. In this article published by Becker’s Hospital Review, I explain how healthcare organizations can combat this crisis by fostering Connection Cultures.

Date: April 29, 2016
Appearance: 3 Practices to Protect Your People From Toxic Stress and Burnout
Outlet: Becker's Hospital Review
Format: Other

America’s Stress Epidemic

Woman busy and stressed at office

Stress is increasing today as the world economy becomes more competitive and the explosion of information overwhelms individuals. The effects are felt not just mentally, but throughout our nervous systems.