Rehumanizing the Workplace

By ROSIE WARD | CEO and Cofounder, Salveo Partners

& Dr. Jon Robison | Cofounder, Salveo Partners

Rehumanizing the Workplace: Future-Proofing Your Organization while Restoring Hope, Well-Being, and Performance

Imagine a world where everyone can come to work as their authentically human, best selves. They feel fulfilled, supported, and cared for and have meaningful, purposeful work. At the end of the workday, they are able to bring their best selves home, be fully present with their loved ones, tend to their well-being, and replenish their well.

This vision is possible. And it is desperately needed!

Our rapidly changing world is becoming increasingly complex and disruptive. And while it brings many opportunities for innovation, it also triggers people to operate from a place of scarcity and self-protection, leading to disconnection and eroding well-being—on both the organizational and individual level. As a result, workplaces have become increasingly dehumanized and are now the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. We have a humanity crisis on our hands!

The good news is that there is a revolution already underway where organizations are breaking the mold and finding success by honoring what it means to be human and putting people first. In fact, research continues to emerge showing that human-centered organizations significantly outperform those operating from a “business-as-usual” approach. And the really good news is that this shift to rehumanize workplaces doesn’t have to start with the C-suite—really! It helps but is not a deal-breaker. Culture ultimately resides at the local team level; and you can transform workplaces by focusing on one team at a time.

This book highlights how successful companies are thriving by putting people first. It details five key principles essential for rehumanizing workplaces; a framework to help restore hope, well-being, and performance; and tangible actions anyone can take to show up as a leader and influence positive change.

Rosie Ward is an energetic, passionate, and compassionate leader, consultant, coach, and author who focuses on transformation from the inside out. Her mission started nearly twenty years ago when she experienced firsthand the ill effects of working in a toxic work environment and found her well-being eroding. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to find a solution, so this experience is no longer the norm. She is sought after to help rehumanize workplaces so that people are freed, fueled, and inspired to bring their best selves to work—and home—each day.

Rosie serves as CEO and cofounder of Salveo Partners, LLC, a professional consulting and training company focused on equipping organizations to find success while putting people back at the forefront of their business. They focus on leveraging The Fusion (the inextricable interconnectedness of organizational and employee well-being) to help transform workplaces and support people in integrating their personal and professional lives. Her first book, How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation, coauthored with Jon Robison, has served as a blueprint for hundreds of organizations to break past old, outdated paradigms and rehumanize their workplace.

Rosie is a fierce advocate for humanity. In addition to consulting with organizations of all sizes and industries, coaching leaders, and developing a growing community of Paradigm Pioneers, she serves on the leadership team for the Twin Cities chapter of Conscious Capitalism. A lifelong learner, she continues to seek growth opportunities so she can help others break past barriers, step into their greatness, and show up as leaders in all areas of their lives. In addition to having a PhD and numerous certifications, Rosie was trained by Dr. Brené Brown as a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator. She is often referred to as a “PhD with a personality,” and is known for challenging and inspiring people to think differently about what it takes to become the best version of themselves and for organizations to foster their growth and development. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.

is an energetic, passionate, and compassionate leader, consultant, coach, and author who focuses on transformation from the inside out. Her mission started nearly twenty years ago when she experienced firsthand the ill effects of working in a toxic work environment and found her well-being eroding. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to find a solution, so this experience is no longer the norm. She is sought after to help rehumanize workplaces so that people are freed, fueled, and inspired to bring their best selves to work—and home—each day.

Rosie serves as CEO and cofounder of Salveo Partners, LLC, a professional consulting and training company focused on equipping organizations to find success while putting people back at the forefront of their business. They focus on leveraging The Fusion (the inextricable interconnectedness of organizational and employee well-being) to help transform workplaces and support people in integrating their personal and professional lives. Her first book, How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation, coauthored with Jon Robison, has served as a blueprint for hundreds of organizations to break past old, outdated paradigms and rehumanize their workplace.

Rosie is a fierce advocate for humanity. In addition to consulting with organizations of all sizes and industries, coaching leaders, and developing a growing community of Paradigm Pioneers, she serves on the leadership team for the Twin Cities chapter of Conscious Capitalism. A lifelong learner, she continues to seek growth opportunities so she can help others break past barriers, step into their greatness, and show up as leaders in all areas of their lives. In addition to having a PhD and numerous certifications, Rosie was trained by Dr. Brené Brown as a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator. She is often referred to as a “PhD with a personality,” and is known for challenging and inspiring people to think differently about what it takes to become the best version of themselves and for organizations to foster their growth and development. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.

Jon Robison holds a doctorate in health education/exercise physiology and a master of science in human nutrition from Michigan State University. He has spent his career working to shift health promotion away from its traditional, biomedical, control-oriented focus, with a particular interest in why people do what they do and don’t do what they don’t do.

Jon has authored numerous articles and book chapters and is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America. He is coauthor of The Spirit and Science of Holistic Health: More Than Broccoli, Jogging, and Bottled Water, More Than Yoga, Herbs, and Meditation, a college textbook and a guidebook for practitioners who wish to incorporate holistic principles and practices into their work. This book provided the foundation for Kailo, one of the first truly holistic employee wellness programs. Kailo won prestigious awards in both Canada and the United States, and the creators lovingly claim Jon as its father.

Jon has been a national leader in the Health at Every Size® movement for more than two decades. He has implemented Health for Every Body®—a unique alternative to weight-loss programs at the worksite in over twenty cities across the United States in the past five years. His 2015 book, How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring The 7 Points of Transformation, written with coconspirator Dr. Rosie Ward, gives organizations a realistic, step-by-step blueprint for transforming their cultures—“from the inside out.” The book was selected by Employee Benefit News as one of the top reads for 2016.

Dr. Robison is cofounder of Salveo Partners—an expert consulting and professional development firm that guides organizations to create thriving workplace cultures, enhance organizational performance, and cultivate employee well-being. As a certified Intrinsic Coach®, Jon understands that behavior is the outward manifestation of thinking and feeling—and that behavior modification approaches that focus on extrinsic motivation rarely result in sustained change and, in fact, often inhibit intrinsic motivation.

Aside from his work, Jon’s passions include his wife, Jerilyn; their son, Joshua; music; humor; and a twelve-pound living teddy bear named Ginger.