Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (Dec 17)
Hello Workplace Wellness Seeker,
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Sharing gratitude can improve social bonds. People have reported feeling more
loved and more connected to others in their lives when they routinely practice
gratitude or those around them practice gratitude.
Send a quick gratitude message to another colleague at work that you’re grateful for, and let them know why you’re grateful?
Do you know why Wellness Programs fail?
A significant challenge while designing a wellness program is the mixed messages that companies send employees. Organizations communicate that they’re investing in workplace wellness programs as an investment in employee health, yet their actions can undermine the program’s intent. Examples include the boss who brings in donuts for employees to enjoy with their morning beverage, and the usual range of unhealthy foods provided at every office celebration, such as birthdays, anniversaries and quarterly meetings. An enticing array of “comfort” foods fill the cafeteria for lunch options. Ten minutes on the treadmill can’t mitigate the unhealthy outcomes of chronic inflammatory consumption.
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Another roadblock to behaviour change is the fact that wellness programs are designed to tell people what they should do, instead of helping them understand why they have not done these things in the first place. Nobody grows up aspiring to weigh 400 pounds. People do not want or even expect to someday suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Yet through certain lifestyle choices, many people increase their probability of suffering from these medical conditions. The real problem is motivation and ability to change. Without understanding this dynamic, wellness programs have little hope of influencing major change. They will continue to respond to symptoms as opposed to dealing with root causes.
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Pitfall #1. Lacks Leadership Support
Wellness programs don’t happen without the support of key leaders. Identify your resources and key people, and engender their ongoing backing. If you introduce wellness programs but have senior leaders and managers who don’t foster well-being employees may end up seeing your wellness communications as just lip service. But when wellness is at the heart of everything you do, it’s easier to share it with employees and watch them follow your lead. Basically, I’m asking the leaders to walk-the-talk! Consider creating a wellness committee so that your employees have a say in co-creating their wellness program.
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Pitfall #2. Lacks Integration
Avoid creating something quickly that doesn’t tap into long-term behavioral change. Instead, establish a comprehensive strategic plan that builds employee engagement over time. Make sure the wellness program is customized to your organizations needs and aligned with the company’s mission and goals. And just as important that it’s integrated with other cultural and wellbeing initiatives and programs. And remember to be measuring progress and results so it can be improved and successes can be celebrated. Why not include a wellness goal in your staff ’s yearly performance objectives? So instead of thinking about wellness as just a program, make sure it’s part of your corporate culture.
Pitfall #3. Lacks engagement
As you can imagine, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work well for well-being and health concerns. In a workplace where there’s usually a mix of Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Millennials, it may feel challenging to address everyone’s issues. So I recommend Surveying individual generations and their needs can help leadership better understand what type of programs would work best for each group. This is to support employee choice without making it overwhelming, consider providing a wellness credit so employees can choose the activity that works best for them. Make wellness programs accessible by sharing information through team meetings, corporate emails and your corporate intranet.
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Pitfall #4. Lacks Consistency
Avoid trying for quick fix wellness initiatives such as often “flavor of the month,” challenges, contests, biometric screening, and lunch-and-learn events, that are often forgotten or worst not integrated with other initiatives or not followed up on. Consistency can carve mountains. Having a well thought out integrated wellness plan demonstrates to your employees that you’re serious and dedicated to their wellbeing. This will increase their participation because they will come to expect it and even look forward to it. Provided that you’ve created the program with their feedback and needs in mind.
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Pitfall #5. Lacks a Holistic Approach
Some wellness programs lack a Holistic Approach to Physical & Mental Health. While customizing the program to your workforce is important, make sure you don’t end up with a fragmented initiative focusing just on physical wellness like exercise and eating well. Since body and mind are connected, giving your employees physical wellness tools without any tools to combat stress such as breathwork will yield only partial results.
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