The Workplace Wellness Emperors Have No Clothes

In the last couple years, several compelling books have focused on over-diagnosing and over treating people in the U.S. healthcare system. Workplace wellness shares in that situation, according to the books’ authors, because wellness programs feed employees right into that “meat grinder.” The authors effectively argue that onsite screenings and their incentives push employees into…

Creativity, not costs are what count in wellness programs

Looking for some fresh, affordable ideas for your wellness program? When was the last time you took an inventory of what your workplace – your facilities and people – had to offer to power your wellness program? If you spend a little time investigating the possibilities, you may just uncover a treasure trove of resources you can use to feed your wellness program.

  • Maybe you could map out a walking trail around your building and/or campus that employees could use during breaks or before or after their work hours.
  • Perhaps you could turn an extra, unused office into a tranquil meditation room for employees who need a few minutes to recharge.
  • Consider using an empty corridor or large, open space as a shuffle board for employees to play on during breaks.
  • Enlist the help of employees with healthy hobbies to lead group workouts, cooking demonstrations, or topic discussions. Think about runners, bicyclists, dancers, cooks, bakers, and gardeners.