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The Great Resignation is really a Great Re-Evaluation of how we live, how we work and what we need to truly thrive. What people are resigning from is a culture of burnout and a broken definition of success. More and more people have come to see that chasing an idea of success based solely on the metrics of money and status isn’t sustainable. It’s like sitting on a two-legged stool — sooner or later we’re going to fall off. What we’re seeing is a shift to a way of living and working based on a more fulfilling and sustainable definition of success that adds to the first two metrics the third metric of well-being and resilience. People are realizing that the idea that burnout is simply the price they have to pay for success is a delusion.

At the same time, more and more companies are realizing that their most important resource is their people. They’re seeing the direct connection between the long-term health of their bottom line and the health and well-being of their people. We were in the middle of a global epidemic of stress and burnout even before COVID. Then the pandemic hit, and employee well-being and resilience shot to the top of the agenda for companies all over the world.

As we redefine success, we’re also redefining well-being. For companies, it’s no longer a perk or a nice-to-have. It’s a must-have — an essential strategy for success that must be embedded into the workflow itself. Well-being is no longer seen as a warm and fuzzy benefit but as a competitive advantage. Burned out employees, and the attrition that results — burn and churn — is expensive. That’s why every discussion about well-being is a discussion about business outcomes.

This is a time of constant change and disruption, but it’s also a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine how we work and live. And it’s why the work of SHRM is so important. SHRM is leading the way in redefining employee well-being and creating a more human workplace. Their research, insights and strategies, like Cause the Effect, unlock human potential and performance for both organizations and employees. Through SHRM’s partnership with its 300,000-plus HR and business executive members, they touch the lives of 115 million workers and their families around the globe.

That’s why I’m excited to announce I’ll be participating in the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo in New Orleans from June 12-15. Please join us to talk about how we can continue to redefine success and empower people to take charge of their well-being and resilience. Together, let’s Cause the Effect we want to see in the workplace and in the world. Register now to attend SHRM 22 in New Orleans or virtually at


  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive Global

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

    She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

    She serves on numerous boards, including Onex, The B Team, JUST Capital, and Gloat.

    Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive Global's first book Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.