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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 pioneer in professionalizing well-being at work. She was the first Wellbeing Director in Belgium (DPG media) and has been a much sought-after and passionate speaker on well-being, work happiness and leadership for years. She wants to convince business leaders to embed well-being in their organization so that it is not just a loose initiative but part of the corporate culture. She makes it clear that well-being within a company is a shared responsibility and focuses on the role of the organization, the manager and the employee.

She inspires board and management teams on the one hand, but is equally asked to inspire the employees themselves with tips and insights for more resilience, a positive mindset, less stress and more balance. Efficient meetings and e-mailing are also discussed, as well as the importance of communication and connection now that many organizations are opting for hybrid working.

Ann wrote the books 'Countdown to Monday' and 'Wellbeing = Profit', and her third book 'je werk of je leven' she co-wrote with Prof Stijn Baert.

Ann is a much sought-after keynote speaker at home and abroad because of her authentic and hands-on approach. In her keynote she opts for a mix of the concrete tips & tricks from her first book and she also focuses on the role of the organization and the manager in the happiness and enthusiasm of employees with strong insights from her second book.

Among others, the following topics can be discussed: - The why of a well-being policy - The role of the organization, the leader and the employee himself - The importance of focus, break and exercise - Keeping connection in a hybrid work system - A more efficient meeting and mail policy - The skills of a good leader, also at a distance - Stress & Attention Management - Keeping a positive mindset in times of change - Selfcare : sleep - nutrition - digital detox.

Ann De Bisschop

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

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