If all you could do for workplace wellbeing was to get more people to walk on a regular basis, you would be doing enough. Getting people to walk more would trump all the other farting around and self-imposed complexity we’ve turned wellness into over the last 30 years. After coming up with this epiphany, it…
HR and benefit managers are beginning to think critically about wellness programs. For instance, I posted this blog awhile back, “5 Questions That Will Make Your Wellness Vendors Think They’re Having a Bad Nightmare… A Workplace-Wellness Critique.” I am sure that post created mass hysteria within wellness vendor offices everywhere. And all this time you…
“What can you expect in a Blue Zone community? Better health, greater civic engagement, lower healthcare costs, happier citizens.” That’s a claim from Blue Zones’ Website, which rings true, unlike similar claims from clinically oriented workplace wellness programs. (Blue Zones is a movement to help people live longer, better lives.)
If you’re getting that uneasy, just below the surface feeling that workplace wellness programs may not be working, and may in fact be causing harm, you’ll be joining a growing list of the disenchanted (and enlightened). Welcome to the Jedi Enclave.
The really hard part of this self-doubt is that if we can no longer poke, prod, intimidate, single out, and punish employees (for $350 PEPY) who are not biometrically acceptable, or even somehow pre-diseased, well, really, what is one to do?
What’s the employer’s role in improving employees’ health considering an explosion in fitness and health-related consumer technology, and the changes being made in the healthcare system? As a C+ student, I never get too close to the trees to miss the splendor of the forest — or to notice the forest is on fire regardless…
- Extrinsic Incentives (employees as Pavlov’s dog)
- Biometric Screenings (practicing bad medicine at work)
- Health Risk Appraisals (often inaccurate, always irrelevant)
These following two goals have been the justification of workplace wellness programs for almost 30 years. They’re not being achieved either.
I came across this great piece on workplace weight-loss programs, Dances With Fat — Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Are Not Size Dependent. And don’t miss the opportunity to meet the author of that post, Who Is This Chick? There are a lot of “weight-loss contests” going on at workplaces. Even though as…
One of my favorite movie lines is from the 1974 hit, “Young Frankenstein.” It’s the one when Dr. Frankenstein meets Igor (Igor has a big hunch back bulging out of his shirt).
Dr. Frankenstein says, “Incidentally, I don’t mean to embarrass you in any way, but I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.”
Igor responds, “What hump?”
“He flung himself on his horse and rode off madly in all directions.”
Take a few minutes this week to sharpen the blade before you start chopping away. The Health Fact Sheet from the Pew Research Internet Project is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in how people get their health information, and what issues drive their investigations.
Since then, editorial review boards of respected research journals in the population and workplace-health fields have called emergency meetings. The boards admitted a need for more diligence in evaluating article submissions, and then improving objective, peer-review standards prior to publication. My phone is ringing off the hook. HA! NOT!!
Many years ago my wife and I were attending a small wedding rehearsal dinner at a popular local restaurant. The groom suddenly stopped eating, looked wide-eyed, and displayed all the symptoms of having his windpipe plugged. He couldn’t even breathe in to make a noise. A couple nearby people tried to assist him but with no result.
So I jumped up, shrugged my cape over my shoulder (the one with the S on it), took in an extra dose of adrenalin from my 200,000-year-old physiology, and performed a perfectly executed Heimlich Maneuver. The results were spectacular. The groom survived to get hitched the next day. But the whole affair put a bit of a damper on everyone’s dining experience — I mean everyone in the entire restaurant. Ever since then we have referred to that restaurant as Heimlich’s and have never gone back.
You can draw a few points from this story: