After a little more than a decade, Arianna Huffington is leaving her namesake, the Huffington Post, to focus on Thrive Global, a new startup “dedicated to issues of health and wellness.”
That’s according to the Wall Street Journal. The announcement proclaims, “Thrive Global’s mission is to change the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is a necessary price for success. By reducing stress and exhaustion, we can improve people’s health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world.”
Apropos of nothing, the New York Times Magazine once wrote that, “To work at The Huffington Post is to run a race without a finish line, at a clip that is forever quickening. The pace is stressful for many employees, who describe a newsroom with plenty of turnover.”
But what is Thrive Global, you ask? Well:
Thrive Global is a corporate and consumer wellbeing and productivity platform. It provides trainings, seminars, ecourses, coaching, and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings from experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, productivity, sports, and sleep. Thrive Global’s approach is extremely practical and based on the principle of microsteps so that people can more easily go from knowing what’s best for them to actually doing it.
Nothing brings down the blood pressure like a good e-course. The press release goes on to explain:
Stress and burnout are a global pandemic, costing businesses hundreds of billions of dollars per year – $300 billion in the U.S. alone. But as the latest science has shown there is no tradeoff between living a well-rounded life and high performance. In fact our performance actually improves when we make our health and wellbeing a priority.
If stress and burnout are a global pandemic, perhaps it’s down to the fact that we can only talk about the importance of “our health and well-being” as a impediment to high performance and in the context of the cost to businesses. Just a thought!