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Thriving is the New Workplace Engagement

Thriving employees are more productive, innovative, engaged and more likely to contribute to a positive workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent.

When employees are empowered to thrive, organizations ride the crest of achievement.

In the dynamic ocean of work, a new paradigm is emerging – it’s called thriving. As organizations navigate the uncharted waters of remote work, hybrid arrangements, and the ongoing quest for employee engagement, it’s time to shift our focus from merely staying afloat to catching the wave of success. Just as surfers must harness the energy of the ocean to ride a wave, the workplace must create an environment that propels employees to thrive.

According to the State of Working America Report – Thriving in Resilience and Brilliance, a staggering 84% of working Americans reveal that when they feel confident in their brilliance, they are likely to develop their knowledge, skills, or expertise in their current job. This finding underscores the untapped potential within the workforce, ready to be unleashed when given the right support and conditions.

Nick Bloom, a renowned expert on remote work from Stanford University, predicts that the future of work will be defined by organizations’ ability to cultivate thriving employees. “The companies that will succeed in the post-pandemic world are those that recognize the importance of creating a culture where employees can flourish, regardless of their location,” Bloom states.

The benefits of a thriving workplace are clear. Thriving employees are more productive, innovative, and engaged. They are less likely to experience burnout or leave the organization, and they are more likely to contribute to a positive workplace culture that attracts and retains top talent.


What Does it Take to Create a Thriving Workplace?

Here are five key takeaways:

Paddle out with Purpose

Recognize and celebrate the unique talents and abilities of each employee. Provide opportunities for them to shine and significantly contribute to the organization’s success.

Balance on the Board of Resilience

Equip employees with the tools and resources they need to navigate challenges and adapt to change. Foster a culture of learning and growth, where setbacks are viewed as opportunities for development.

Ride the Wave of Connection

Encourage collaboration and build strong relationships among team members, even in remote or hybrid settings. Create spaces for informal interactions and social connection to combat isolation and boost morale.

Trim the Surfboard of Distractions

Eliminate unnecessary meetings, streamline processes, and provide the technology and support needed for employees to work efficiently and effectively. Help them focus on what matters most.

Catch the Swell of Well-being

Prioritize the physical, mental, and emotional health of employees. Offer flexible working arrangements, encourage work-life balance, and provide resources for stress management and self-care.


Catching the Crest of the Wave

Companies like Patagonia and Salesforce have successfully caught the wave of thriving. Patagonia offers flexible working hours, on-site childcare, and encourages employees to take time off to volunteer for environmental causes. Salesforce provides mindfulness and meditation programs, access to mental health resources, and mandatory “no meeting” days. These initiatives demonstrate that prioritizing employee thriving is not just a feel-good measure, but a strategic business decision that drives innovation and long-term success.

For leaders, embracing the power of thriving requires a shift in mindset. Instead of viewing employees as mere cogs in the machine, leaders must recognize them as whole individuals with unique strengths, aspirations, and needs. By creating an environment that nurtures brilliance, cultivates resilience, and supports well-being, leaders can unlock the full potential of their workforce.

As we navigate the way through the uncharted waters of the post-pandemic world, it’s time to harness the power of thriving. By catching the wave of success and empowering employees to reach their full potential, organizations can ride the crest of achievement. The future of work belongs to those who prioritize thriving – and the time to paddle out is now.

To download the State of Working America Report – Thriving in Resilience and Brilliance, click here.


Simon T. Bailey is the world’s leading expert in Brilliance. His groundbreaking research, State of Working America Report Thriving in Resilience and Brilliance, solidifies his insights in his 11th book, Resilience@Work: How to Coach Yourself Into a Thriving Future. With Disney Institute as his launchpad, he’s left an indelible mark on 2,400 plus organizations in 54 countries, including American Express, Deloitte, Visa, Signet Jewelers, and Taco Bell. He has made a remarkable impact on 120,000 professionals who’ve experienced his pioneering courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform. He’s also been recognized as Success Magazine’s Top 25, alongside Brené Brown, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as being on leadersHum Top 200 Power List. His viral video, released on Goalcast through META, has over 91 million plus views to date. Learn more at simontbailey.com.


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