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Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems Develop First Tool for Measuring Managerial Impact on Well-Being

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Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. announced today the launch of “Manager on the Move Assessment,” the first tool for measuring managerial impact on well-being at work.

Gallup research shows that though more than 85% of large employers offer a wellness program, only 24% of employees are participating.1 “Companies providing these programs should take a close look at managerial engagement, as this component is likely the missing link in workplace wellness,” said Laura Putnam, CEO and founder of Motion Infusion.

According to Gallup, managerial engagement may account for up to 70% of the variance in employee engagement in work and well-being as each manager is uniquely positioned to either encourage or dissuade employees to invest in their well-being. “In effect,” Putnam explains, “each manager has the opportunity to serve as either a ‘multiplier’ or a ‘gatekeeper’ of well-being for all the employees they manage.”

Organizations participating in Motion Infusion’s “Manager on the Move” training and development program gain exclusive access to the Manager on the Move Assessment, developed by Motion Infusion and Pro-Change Behavior Systems. It is the first assessment tool to measure the extent to which managers are engaged in well-being and their impact on their team members’ participation in well-being programming. Specifically, the tool assesses the extent to which managers are multipliers who lead by example, communicate the importance of well-being, and create an infrastructure to support well-being.

The Manager on the Move Assessment is administered in advance of the workshop in conjunction with the Well-Being Assessment for Productivity2 and Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Striving Scale, which evaluate where managers are in terms of well-being. By participating in the “Manager on the Move” workshop, managers learn the business case for wellness for their organization and for their team; reflect on their key role in their team’s well-being; receive an assessment and feedback on where they are now in terms of being a multiplier vs. a gatekeeper; develop strategies for moving further down the continuum toward the “multiplier” end; and set goals around their own personal well-being. Three months later, managers are reassessed to gauge the impact of the workshop.

“The health and well-being of every employee is critical to the success of the organization. Assisting managers in promoting well-being will play an essential role in creating a thriving workplace,” said Sara Johnson, Co-President and CEO of Pro-Change. “Ultimately, we hope to measure the impact that Manager on the Move training has on the well-being of participating managers’ direct reports through similar assessments.”

About Motion Infusion
Motion Infusion, a well-being training and consulting firm based in San Francisco, helps organizations “get in motion.” Merging evidence-based methods from the field of wellness with best practices from the field of learning and development, Motion Infusion offers creative solutions in the areas of engagement, behavior change, and human performance improvement to promote employee well-being and build healthier, happier, and more innovative organizations. Services include keynote speaking, leadership development, management training, team development, and train-the-trainer programs. Motion Infusion’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies, such as Aetna, Apple, Electronic Arts, Lockton, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Kimpton, Visa and Schindler Elevator Corporation, to nonprofits, schools, and government entities. www.motioninfusion.com

1. http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/168995/why-workplace-wellness-program-isn-working.aspx

2. Prochaska, JO, Evers, KE, et al., Johnson, JL (2011). The Well-Being Assessment for Productivity A Well-Being Approach to Presenteeism, JOEM, 53(7), DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318222af48