The event was sponsored by The Whole U, a program that promotes engagement and wellness for the UW community. And while it might seem a little weird to translate umbrellas into engaged employees, that’s just what this event was all about.
An Educated Approach To Employee Happiness
The Whole U was launched in 2013 to promote engagement, partially in response to Gallup’s report that 70% of employees in the U.S. are disengaged at work. By incorporating wellness and work-life balance into their approach, The Whole U is taking the people-first approach that’s needed to get your workers really engaged.
The Whole U also recognizes that engagement isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. Kornberg explains that a simple solution like offering yoga classes won’t work for people who are interested in running. So the program promotes healthy lifestyles with a variety of events and interest groups.
Umbrellas? Kettlebells? What does this have to do with feeling engaged while you’re sitting at your desk?
Employee engagement isn’t about your specific tasks on the job, of course. It’s about feeling interested and invested at work. So creating a common goal for the community to accomplish is about engaging people, regardless of what their job titles are. By physically bringing people together for the umbrella dance, UW allowed employees to connect across school and department, faculty and staff.
What is the “umbrella dance” for your organization? Find a purpose that will bring your workforce together. It doesn’t have to be public or Guinness-worthy—a strong company vision and mission will bring your employees together in the same way. All you need to do is create a goal that unites and motivates the company to make a push for your own record.