8 Ways to Debunk Wellness and Health Promotion Research Papers

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I just read a few workplace wellness and health promotion research papers. I don’t know why I do this. It gives me a splitting headache. Some wellness vendors obnoxiously wave the papers in your face like they’re the 10 Commandments. “OK, OK, I’ll read the things.”

In my high school days (not too long ago), I made a smart-ass comment to the physical education teacher (a former pro football player). I don’t advise doing that for amateur smart asses by the way. Anyway, he made me stay after school and write a 1,000-word essay on “the social life of a ping-pong ball.” In the middle of the essay I wrote, “This is a bunch of (!%*#.” I gave him the paper, was heading to the door, and he said, “Connors, next time don’t bury the headline in the middle of the paper.”

Workplace Wellness: 30 Years of What Does Not Work

A few weeks ago I posted, This Study Might Finally End All the Crazy ‘Workplace Wellness ROI’ Claims. Since then, there has been some online discussion on the matter (see, News Release: AJHP study: Best research indicates workplace wellness programs lose money). There are lots of great resources and links to support the research cited in this news release.

And just as I am about to post this article, a new story hits the wire, “EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Orion Energy Wellness Program and Related Firing of Employee.”

What is a healthy workplace culture? You’re not going to believe this cuckoo answer

I just read a great article in USA TODAY, the No. 1 newspaper for all C+ students like me. It appeared in the Money section (think green). Here it is, “The Maker movement makes its mark.” If you’re a business leader or managing any aspect of an organization, and you’re not alarmed after you read this, you should be. How’s that for using fear as motivation?

Typical Workplace Wellness Vs. The Joy of Work

There’s a lot of talk about workplaces as in “workplace wellness” or the phrase, “healthful workplace cultures.” Workplace as a term has a physical connotation that limits thinking. It’s like explaining what you did on your summer vacation using flight numbers. The physical place has a role in the drama, but it’s a minor player. I am more interested in your summer experiences, impressions, enjoyments, interesting people you met, and the amazing moments you experienced.

5 Questions that will Make Your Wellness Vendors Think They’re Having a Bad Nightmare… A Workplace-Wellness Critique

It appears wellness vendors must be running into all types of objections and “path blockers” in the form of workplace leadership. Recently Dr. Troy Adams posted a short video titled, “How to Overcome 5 Leadership Objections to Wellness.” And then Jesse Hercules posted “7 Personas Who Can Destroy Your Wellness Program, Who’s Blocking Your Path – And What To Do About it.

I’d like to know why leaders object, and why these newly defined personas want to destroy wellness programs. Doesn’t matter, I guess. We must identify, contain, stop, and overcome them. Ours is not to question why…

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