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Why The Way We Work Isn’t Working

September 24, 2015 / Uncategorized

Arianna_ChrisThis post is part of a series about the Virgin Disruptors event, Create New Ways to Work, presented by Virgin Pulse.

Let’s be honest – life today never stops. Everyone’s always on the go, juggling a billion projects and priorities, and working hard to keep all the balls in the air. But as we do, we’re usually dropping some of the most important ones: our physical activity, healthy eating, and time with family.

Fortunately, we’re in the middle of a global shift. More and more leaders recognize that the go, go, go mentality of our society has got to do just that: go. Skimping on sleep and exercise, over-working to the point of burnout, and wearing our busyness like a badge of honor aren’t the sure-fire steps to success. It’s just the opposite in fact.

These unsustainable lifestyles are the sure-fire steps to major health risks and, for employers, money down the drain. Stress and burnout are taking a heavy toll on people’s health, with 60 to 90 percent of doctor visits treating stress-related conditions, according to Harvard Business Review. It’s also a big problem for businesses, with stressed employees costing $600 more than average in healthcare each year, adding up to over $300 billion annually.

That’s why Arianna Huffington, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, and Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse, sat down to discuss why the current way of living and running business is unsustainable. Check out the video below to hear their discussion and what they recommend companies do about it.

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