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Building a Strong Organization

with the 7 Pillars of Wellbeing

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This is Ann's most requested "kick-off keynote." She is often asked to kickstart a Wellbeing program or add an extra dimension to a team day. This keynote can be tailored for management at a management away day or for all employees, focusing on the organization's needs.

Ann, along with her audience, delves into the essence of workplace wellbeing through 7 powerful pillars. Each of these pillars forms a foundation for a healthy, thriving organization. The audience not only discovers how they can grow as individuals but also how they can collectively build a workplace that prioritizes wellbeing.

1. Company Culture and Values 

An organization is often judged not only by its products or services but also by the culture it fosters and the values it embraces. Company culture serves as the soul of the organization, the driving force behind all actions and decisions.

A positive company culture creates an environment where employees feel valued, can be themselves, and take pride in their achievements. It goes beyond perks like ping pong tables and free fruit—it's about building relationships, promoting collaboration, and recognizing diversity.

A strong company culture and clear values directly impact employee wellbeing, providing a sense of purpose and engagement.

2. The ABC of Workplace Happiness: Autonomy, Betrothal, and Competence

Autonomy: Empowering employees to make decisions and take control of their tasks contributes to a sense of ownership and responsibility.

Betrothal: Creating an environment where employees feel emotionally connected to their work and the organization's mission and vision not only enhances motivation but also strengthens team cohesion.

Competence: Encouraging personal development, providing growth opportunities, and recognizing achievements lead to satisfaction. Ensure that everyone's talents are utilized to the fullest.

3. Mental Balance

The modern hybrid work environment's hustle and bustle can take its toll. It's essential that we consciously make space for mental balance, which includes stress management and recognizing the value of focus, digital disconnection, and relaxation to maintain a resilient mind.

4. Physical Health

A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Physical health is the backbone of wellbeing. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, ergonomic workspaces, and physical activity energize employees.

5. Social Interaction

Humans are social beings, and social contact is a necessary ingredient for wellbeing, although it might be a challenge in a hybrid work system. Encouraging a culture where team members regularly meet, support, and collaborate strengthens workplace bonds and has a positive impact on individual wellbeing.

6. Growth Perspectives

Offering training, mentorship, coaching, and career development leads to more wellbeing and workplace happiness within your organization. Growth doesn't always have to be vertical; horizontal growth through job crafting and job rotation provides employees with opportunities.

7. Empathetic Leadership

Good leadership is at the heart of organizational wellbeing. Leaders who show empathy create an environment where employees feel heard and valued. The ability to understand and respond to employees' needs contributes to a culture of respect and care, which is essential for an organization's wellbeing.

With these seven pillars, we lay a solid foundation for a holistic wellbeing policy. Because wellbeing is more than just a few isolated initiatives. We are here to guide your organization through this journey. 

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Ann is a trailblazer in professionalizing well-being in the workplace. She held the distinction of being the first Wellbeing Director in Belgium at DPG media and has since become a highly sought-after and passionate speaker on topics such as well-being, work happiness, and leadership. Her mission is to persuade business leaders to integrate well-being into their organizations, making it an intrinsic part of corporate culture rather than a standalone initiative.

She emphasizes that well-being within a company is a collective responsibility, highlighting the roles of the organization, managers, and employees. Ann motivates board and management teams while also inspiring individual employees with practical tips and insights to enhance resilience, foster a positive mindset, reduce stress, and achieve better work-life balance. She delves into topics such as efficient meetings, email management, and the significance of communication and connectivity, especially as organizations adopt hybrid work models.

Ann is the author of the books 'Countdown to Monday' and 'Wellbeing = Profit,' and her collaborative effort with Prof. Stijn Baert resulted in 'je werk of je leven.' Her authentic and hands-on approach has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker nationally and internationally. Her keynotes blend actionable tips from her books with a focus on the organizational and managerial aspects of employee happiness and engagement.

Her presentations cover a range of topics, including:

  • The rationale behind a well-being policy

  • The roles of the organization, leaders, and employees in fostering well-being

  • The importance of focus, breaks, and physical activity

  • Nurturing connectivity in hybrid work environments

  • Strategies for more effective meetings and email management

  • Essential leadership skills in remote settings

  • Stress and attention management techniques

  • Cultivating a positive mindset during periods of change

  • Self-care practices such as sleep hygiene, nutrition, and digital detoxification.

Ann De Bisschop

The first Wellbeing Director in Belgium :-), Author of 3 books, Keynote speaker & Wellbeing consultant

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