Guiding Principles for Our Workplace Wellness Challenge
As we prepare to collaborate on our latest OpenIDEO Challenge, we've compiled Guiding Principles to help point our efforts in the right direction. These principles seek to provide guidance, inspiration and focus during our collective efforts.
In our Workplace Wellness Challenge, we’re interested in creating solutions that help people make healthier choices at work and in life.
What do we mean by workplace?
A workplace really is anywhere someone works. It could be someone’s home or home office, an industrial location, an office or just about anywhere that supports work as an activity. During the Inspiration phase we’re interested to hear your perspective on work based on what your workplace looks like.
What do we mean by community?
Again we’re thinking about communities in the widest sense of the word – physical communities or virtual communities, small communities or huge networks, friends and family or whole cities, local communities or somewhere on the other side of the world.
It can be easy, especially when thinking about improving health and fostering community, to dwell on the negative. But in keeping with our OpenIDEO community spirit, let's focus on the positive. Staying optimistic, hopeful and open will not only help us collaborate better – but also to design better, together.
Emphasis on Solutions
As we explore our topic then design concepts to inspire and enable communities, we each might feel a tendency to find fault, debate the issues or focus on what's not working. Let's turn that on its head and instead steer our efforts toward positive solutions.
Our community already has a knack for conversations that are friendly, constructive and collaborative – and we know this challenge will be no different. As we embark on this newest challenge together, let's remember that everyone's experiences and opinions are welcome, as long as the content we share is thoughtful and respectful.
In particular, for some people health can be a sensitive and sometimes emotional issue. Let’s be mindful and respectful when talking to each other about our health and wellness.