In an excellent article, “122 Things Everyone Should Know About Investing and the Economy,” by Morgan Housel of the Motley Fools, he talks about the importance of key principles (see item #25 in the article). Housel uses this quotation to make his point.
“When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles — generally three to twelve — that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.” John Reed
Workplace wellness has key principles, too. Here are five to try to keep in mind:
- A healthy workplace culture centered on the core competencies of the business, produce the healthiest, most productive, and happiest employees. Read: How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation by Rosie Ward and Jon Robison.
- Intrinsic incentives are the only sustainable, effective, and healthful way we motivate ourselves. It has always been and will always be so. Read: DRIVE, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.
- Wellness must be holistic. Focus on helping people advance their careers, improve their social connections, become more financially literate, improve their physical health, and celebrate the communities we live and work in. Read: Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter.
- Communication is critical. Prioritize and plan for how to communicate your culture’s core values and goals. Read: How to Put Communication First in Workplace Wellbeing by Hope Health.
- Biometric data, screenings for disease, and health risk assessment evaluations do not produce convincing enough evidence of efficacy to invest in. Being wise consumers of health is the better focus. Read: Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care by Tom Emerick and Al Lewis.
There you go- five key principles to guide the wellness newbies and old salts alike in cutting through all the noise and mountains of information, and listening to the calm, quiet internal voice of common sense.