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Event: What Science Can Teach Us About Thriving at Work (Even in a Global Pandemic)

HGA hosts webinar with The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Superior about how to thrive at work even during a global pandemic.

Webinar: What Science Can Teach Us About Thriving At Work

Program: What Science Can Teach Us About Thriving at Work (Even in a Global Pandemic)

How might working in a global pandemic impact our productivity, job satisfaction, and overall well-being? Researchers have long associated happiness and well-being with productivity, but how can we foster happiness and well-being in the global workforce in this time of collective trauma? Positive Psychology research – the science of human thriving – can inform us as more workplaces re-open and we begin to create a new normal.

The live webinar took place on June 30th, to listen to the recording of the webinar, click here.

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As a research-driven design firm, HGA believes that enduring, impactful design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. Over the past few months, we’ve surveyed over 5000 knowledge workers about their experiences working from home during COVID-19, and their perspectives on going back to the office. The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being promotes and enhances the science and practice of mindfulness and well-being at University of Wisconsin-Superior and in the surrounding community. Their PERMANENT well-being model illustrates the fundamental building blocks necessary for human thriving.

To listen to the webinar recording, click here.

About the Presenters:

Lori Tuominen, MS-POD is the Program Manager for the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation, has taught college courses on Positive Psychology and Foundations of Positive Organization Development and Change, and is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She has also published a children’s picture book called Ways to Be from A to Z, which is about positive ways of being.

Randy Barker, M.S.Ed., LPC is the Interim Director of Student Health and Counseling Services and the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  The Pruitt Center’s mission is to promote and enhance the science of mindfulness and well-being to students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.  Randy has previously worked as a college counselor, taught college courses on Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, and has provided a vast array of training and workshops surrounding the diverse areas of mindfulness and well-being

Ariane Laxo, CID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is Sustainability Director at HGA, based in Minneapolis, MN. Ariane leads with an evidence-based, collaborative approach to sustainable design that results in transformational impacts. With a background in Interior Design, Ariane blends human-centered design with sustainability so that client outcomes rely on reliable evidence to improve both the occupant experience and building performance. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute.

Haley Nelson, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP is a Senior Associate and Senior Interior Designer in the Los Angeles office of HGA. Haley’s expertise is in workplace design with solutions that explore the connection between human experiences and architecture. Many of her projects have achieved the highest levels of LEED or WELL certification, have been published, and have won design and sustainability awards. Haley is a thought-leader and has presented at numerous venues on how design can positively impact people.

HGA has created a hub for our insights and reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic as architects, engineers, interior designers, and problem solvers. Follow the conversation here.