I could throw out all the statistics showing how implementing a wellness program will result in massive cost savings or a 6:1 ROI(ok, I had to squeeze one in), but I’ll save the boring stuff for another day. Today, I have a different agenda…your people. With the many financial benefits for your company aside, everyone deserves access to the resources they need to be healthy and happy with their jobs. WHAT?! Did she just say “everyone, happy and job” in the same sentence? Darn right I did!
Did you know? Karōshi (過労死), which can be translated literally as “overwork death” in Japanese, is occupational sudden mortality. The major medical causes of karōshi deaths are heart attack and stroke due to stress and a poor diet.
I know the stats are what justify adopting a wellness program. But most importantly, I want to take this time to emphasize how important it is for managers to show they care about their employees. As simple as it sounds, this is the foundation of a successful program. I didn’t start working in a gym for minimum wage and shelling out bookoo bucks to take nutrition classes because I wanted to make boatloads of money. I craved the joy that compounded with every person I could help catalyze change in. I was happy, so I worked hard. In these experiences I vowed to never lose sight of my goal to positively impact as many individuals as I can. I know I am getting a little mushy here, but the gratitude I have for the managers in my life who cared about me surpasses any desire for me to sound smart and bombard you with a sales pitch.
Healthy employees: are motivated, have fewer absences, have lower health care and insurance costs, stay with the company longer, project a positive community image, are more productive, attract prospective employees and clients, have fewer work related injuries and fewer worker’s compensation and disability claims. (Pfew! That was a mouthful.) What employer wouldn’t want these things?
Life comes accompanied by so many stressors preventing us from optimal health, so let’s not make work one of them. You can begin building the foundation needed to be successful in helping your people to be well by asking yourself a few questions.
Grab a notepad and begin the brainstorm:
- Do you care?
- Do people know it?
- What are some ways you can show that you do?
- What motivates you? What motivates each of your employees?
- What is one healthy habit you can adopt today to begin leading by example?
*What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Programs? This Harvard Business Review article demonstrates how ROI can be attained through employee wellness programs. https://hbr.org/2010/12/whats-the-hard-return-on-employee-wellness-programs