Maybe it’s just me but when an organization promotes a sociopath to being the boss, fires people that criticize management practices and policies, and charges endomorphs (some of my best friends, by-the-way) more for their health insurance – I just don’t think any wellness program is going to help people in that kind of culture.
I’d love to read just ONE research paper that started investigating the stuff that makes a difference.
1. How do we prepare great leaders to drive high-performance organizations?
2. What is the role of autonomy in job satisfaction and risk taking at the employee level?
3. How do we define and achieve great visions, which transcend self?
4. How do we build and maintain joy in our work?
5. How do we attract, develop, and grow with people we want and need to work with?
6. How do we master the art of storytelling to develop brand, culture, and expectations?
7. How do we build meaningful relationships with all stakeholders including employees (and their families), the community, investors, suppliers, the media, and customers?
8. How can we achieve a meaningful balance between work life and home life?
“Improving our balance of work life and home life is probably the ultimate form of sustainability for a healthy soul.”
Before people can be healthy, they’ve got to find their work enjoyable and rewarding. And the workplace itself needs to be healthful before that can happen. I suspect much of helping people improve their individual health would fall under 7 and 8 above.
Let’s start asking our brainiac, researchers to start looking into practices and solutions that actually matter.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.