The Washington Post recently reported on a new study by researchers at Harvard and Stanford that ‘connects unhealthy workplaces with national inequality,’ quantifying how many years your stressful workplace may be shaving off your life. “But your job doesn’t need to be like this, and nor should it,” says Grant Hall, Founder of League Cultural Diplomacy.
In a blog post on WhereWordsFailBlog.com, Hall explores the mental health benefits of art and how corporations can benefit from making the arts an integral part of their work.“Properly designed and implemented, it will enhance brand image, help build relationships abroad or across cultures, create the desired corporate culture, inspire innovation and creativity, reduce staff turnover and absenteeism, improve the health and safety record of the workplace and help meet CSR targets,” he says.
Hall also provides suggestions for how corporations can encourage employees to engage in healthy arts and cultural activities, including financially supporting employees’ arts activities, displaying employee artwork, or starting a workplace choir.
Photo: Aetna's employee jazz band.