The first annual Imagine Your Workplace conference hosted by Your Workplace was a roaring and relevant success, at least judging by the comments I’ve heard in the past month or so. Great speakers, smooth organization, plus the scores of participants who were clearly passionate about improving the health of their workplaces made it a memorable day on our collective journey toward workplace wellness. Certainly, I felt privileged to be one of the workshop leaders.
Overall, it was a great experience, yet I’ve been wondering about the longer-term impact of conferences such as these, dedicated to building healthy workplaces. People who attend such events probably believe deeply in the cause, seeking ideas, skills and techniques to enhance the wellness index back home. In a sense, the speakers and workshop leaders are preaching to the choir. What happens when they return to their workplaces motivated to apply those ideas? Do they begin conversations about the necessity for change and the paths that change might take through time? Or do they simply return to the same old routines and workplace culture without engaging co-workers in the cause? In short, what ongoing conversations were generated by the conference? In the end, that’s a crucial issue and it’s fundamentally about leadership.