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Workplace wellness and the challenges of the future

Dr. Peter Pisters, CEO of UNH - interviewed by Karen Christensen of the Globe and Mail
Q: In your first few months as CEO, you encouraged employees to tell you what they liked – and didn’t like – about working there. What did they tell you?
A: The thing that really stood out was that so many of them talked about how much they loved their teams – the people they work with each and every day. Enthusiasm and respect for team members came through uniformly–which is great, because if you think about how healthcare is practised, we provide clinical care in teams, we do research in teams and we provide support services like human resources in teams. Read more here.

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