What’s the True Value of Workplace Wellness?

In a word, “productivity” is the value proposition of workplace wellness. But not like the kind where Lucille Ball tries to meet a quota in packing boxes of candy. Although many wellness “experts” still see the work world like a candy factory. Productivity at growing enterprises mean that their cultures nurture relevant innovations. Without new products and services, growth is unsustainable.

The barrier to entry has almost disappeared for most industries, resulting in highly competitive markets. If you’re building nuclear subs, freight train routes, or super tankers, you may have less competition than the new, local dry cleaners. But competition is dramatically increasing for every workplace as the world shrinks.

Get the Most Muscle For Your Money: Attend a Worksite Wellness Conference that Will Improve the Health of Your Program

If you oversee a worksite wellness program, you’ve likely received an invitation or two (or, more likely, two hundred) for conferences that bill themselves as the answer to all your wellness program ills. How do you know which one will give you what you want and need to improve your wellness program?

Here are some things to consider when weighing your options:

  • Who is putting on the conference? Do the organizers have good reputations in wellness circles? Do the organizers have extensive experience with worksite wellness programs?
  • Who will be speaking/presenting at the conference? Is it a good mix of academic types and those with real-world, hands-on worksite wellness experience?