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Hand in Glove: Employee Engagement Meets Resilience

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Hand in Glove: Employee Engagement Meets Resilience

Perhaps the best way to engage workers is by appealing to their strengths -- to the inner resources and external conditions that foster resilience. Many think that "engagement" is the new buzzword for employee productivity but it's really just old sheep in new clothing [1]. What is new -- and exciting - is research suggesting an overlap between engagement and employee resilience. In April of this year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published the 2015 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report: Optimizing Organizational Culture for Success. The most interesting findings were the top employee engagement conditions, opinions, and behaviors....

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Resilience and July 4th

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Resilience and July 4th

The Declaration of Independence as a Template for Building Resilience. A Reflection.   The United States Declaration of Independence teaches the ability to rise up--as a collective-- to address stress and duress. Sometimes, the only way to be resilient is by establishing our freedom; separating ourselves from that which no longer serves us. But the Declaration clearly articulates and intertwines two themes: freedom and spirituality. The early vision for the United States was about how these work together to teach resilience.   Strength Beyond Complaint The Declaration is just that. It is not a complaint (although it lists many grievances...

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Neuroplasticity, Tribal Resilience, and the Substrata of Wellness

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Neuroplasticity, Tribal Resilience, and the Substrata of Wellness

Been doing more reading on resilience and neuroplasticity and its seems that resilience, specifically LEARNING how to BOTH overcome and thrive from stress, is an essential part of well-being. Two things seem to be at work. First, while it is difficult to maintain a healthy habit and a positive mood state when we are faced with significant stress, there are brain functions designed to help us do just that. Very specific brain functions. And, guess what?, they have to do with internal connections within ourselves—or our coherent sense of self as a social being. We have to connect ourselves with ourselves...

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