5 Ways to Evaluate Evidence-Based Claims in Workplace Wellbeing & Healthy Culture Proposals

How many times have we heard that phrase “evidence based,” when it comes to workplace wellbeing issues? It’s like you’re not allowed to put on a webinar or conference without using that term every other sentence. I just searched the phrase “evidence based wellness program,” and got 1,650,000 hits. That’s true. Try it.

The pointy heads on both sides of contentious issues keep saying things like, “the data shows” or “the evidence suggests.” Two PhDs, diametrically opposed, 180 degrees apart, and both claiming the evidence “clearly” supports their positions. Ha!

“There’s lies, damned lies, and statistics,” Mark Twain

If you are looking for fresh ideas for your workplace communications, ask your employees

If you want to improve participants’ buy-in for your workplace wellness program and, at the same time, develop sources of wellness content (so you don’t have to come up with everything on your own), look to employees.

Ask for volunteer writers, photographers, and videographers to contribute articles, still images, and videos on health-related topics and events.

When employees provide content on topics of interest to them, you likely will get:

  • More engaged wellness participants. The volunteer communicators may experience a sense of ownership for the wellness program. And, the volunteers’ co-workers may pay more attention to what is being communicated because the content comes from “one of them” instead of company management.