Edi­tor’s Note

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‘ Deskbound sit­ting is the new smok­ing’ by Kelly Star­rett and Glen Cor­doza ex­am­ines how rapidly in­ac­tiv­ity can cause harm. Be­ing seden­tary for nine hours is bad whether your em­ployee is marathon- run­ner fit or mor­bidly obese. In the quest for bet­ter phys­i­cal and men­tal health, U. S. em­ploy­ers are in­te­grat­ing cor­po­rate well­ness strate­gies to pro­vide a health and pro­duc­tiv­ity boost­ing cul­ture. The num­bers tell us this wide- move­ment against the chair- based life­style that leads to loss of pro­duc­tiv­ity over ab­seen­tism and var­i­ous other fac­tors. The U. S. cor­po­rate health and well­ness mar­ket in the U. S. is ex­pected to reach $ 8 bil­lion by 2018. The pur­suit for in­no­vate ways to keep em­ploy­ees en­gaged in well­ness pro­grams is be­com­ing more im­por­tant than ever be­fore. Our Cover Story, ‘ The Fruits of Cor­po­rate Well­ness’ runs from page 66- 75.

Fur­ther, in this is­sue, we have Chief Hap­pi­ness Of­fi­cer, Alex Kjerulf shar­ing an enor­mously in­flu­en­tial idea – hap­pi­ness at work. Too of­ten, work­places be­come mo­not­o­nous with every process rou­tinized to its core. And this raises a deeper ques­tion: In the face of such rou­tiniza­tion and overem­pha­sis on max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency, are you set­tling gloom over em­ployee hap­pi­ness? Alex Kjerulf shares an in­tox­i­cat­ing view on em­ployee hap­pi­ness. Plunge in, page 100- 111!

Work­place Cul­ture, page 112- 123, delves into the Ja­panese phi­los­o­phy of Kaizen, mean­ing ‘ small, in­cre­men­tal, con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment,’ where com­pa­nies call for never- end­ing ef­forts for im­prove­ment to cre­ate a high­im­pact learn­ing cul­ture.

Among other things, we have, Le­gal Hub, page 76- 80, cov­er­ing com­pa­nies guilty of child la­bor and its le­gal im­pli­ca­tions, Q& A with Jane, page

30- 40, your of­fi­cial canon for bru­tally hon­est, straight­for­ward an­swers to HR re­lated queries, and con­cerns an­swered by Jane Harper.

Happy Read­ing!

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