Sometimes I think most of the problems in the world happen because really smart people are in charge of everything. Maybe average people – using their horse sense, tendency not to over-think, and naïve belief that problems can actually be solved to the benefit of all – should take over all strategic decision making. For everything and everywhere. Why hedge?
I came across an article titled, A Survivor’s Guide to Bullies, Backstabbers, and Bastards. It’s advice for how to survive a bad boss. It seems that too many of our friends and family (maybe even you) are exposed to bad bosses and toxic workplaces. Agreed? I wonder why that is? Surely these bosses are missing…
I’ve been critical of what has become the norm for workplace wellness practices for some time now. But I am no more anti-workplace wellness than I am anti-children, anti-puppies, or anti-Mother Nature. How could anyone be anti-wellness? What many people in workplace wellness are starting to become is anti-clueless and pro-common sense. Think of it…
It is with a large measure of sadness that I inform you of the death of long-term thinking. I just read about it on “The Motley Fool.” Read the article here, “Long-Term Thinking (1800-2013).” May our faithful and wise friend Long-Term Thinking (Finance) rest in peace. Has Long-Term Thinking (Health) also died? Shawn is the…
Wellness vs. Illness: How to Use 21st Century Medicine to Your Advantage Without it Eating You up Like a Paper Shredder
My spousal unit and I just watched more TV than we probably should have over the holidays. Before the holidays I felt confident, healthy, full of energy, ate most anything I wanted to, and slept like a log. After the holidays? I am now a basket case. I thought I was fine and in great…
My family and I embrace a wellness lifestyle. Our wish for everyone would be to experience a full, holistic life of great health. In fact, we turned that passion into a business idea more than 30 years ago. Although our business has been successful, the mission is still incomplete. The citizens of our nation are in poor health, and there’s not a scalable solution to solve that problem in sight.
Still, I am an optimist. Some very good and unique ideas are out there. If you’d like a glimpse of the future of workplace health, check out Jon Robison, PhD, and Rosie Ward, PhD. Full disclosure here: We’re going to publish an upcoming book the two are working on. Their ideas are born of experience and get to the core issues of how to build healthy organizations.
For now, we have to take stock of the workplace wellness situation as it is.
This week we’re re-printing trend #4 from our popular eBook, New Perspectives in Wellness and Benefit Communications. Although we wrote this a couple years ago, we’re seeing a lot more interest in tapping into local communities to power workplace wellness programs. Not only are the resources rich, but most of them are free. Enjoy!
Your Community is an Untapped Gold Mine Waiting to be Discovered
How would you feel if a great fresh food chef offered to take your employees to the local farmers’ market and show them ways to buy and prepare food in quick, easy, nutritious ways? Sounds like fun.
Or if the local sports store was heading up a program that offered a cool and rewarding way to get young girls interested in running to build their self-esteem and confidence at the same time? Outstanding.
Think about the bicycle shop offering a family riding tour on the local rails-to-trails route. What a great day that would be.
What if the most insightful thinkers and scholars in health and human behavior from the local colleges were ready and willing to share their wisdom and insights with you all the time? Invaluable.
All the above are examples of actual events taking place in our home community of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In a word, “productivity” is the value proposition of workplace wellness. But not like the kind where Lucille Ball tries to meet a quota in packing boxes of candy. Although many wellness “experts” still see the work world like a candy factory. Productivity at growing enterprises mean that their cultures nurture relevant innovations. Without new products and services, growth is unsustainable.
The barrier to entry has almost disappeared for most industries, resulting in highly competitive markets. If you’re building nuclear subs, freight train routes, or super tankers, you may have less competition than the new, local dry cleaners. But competition is dramatically increasing for every workplace as the world shrinks.
Not like the wellness lords of recent fame, With carrots and sticks astride from hand to hand; Here at our branded, workplace gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the lonely heart, and her name Mother of Unengaged. From her beacon-hand Glows community-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The productive…
With endless possibilities for getting people together doing thousands of different activities, why is it that workplace wellness has gotten so clinical and narrow?
Here’s a locker room metaphor of Primary Prevention vs. Secondary Prevention, presented in the form of an infographic (a powerful communication tactic, by-the-way). Part of the problem with many workplace wellness programs is that they’ve drifted into practicing medicine. They’re operating almost entirely in the yellow and red areas of this chart. And they’ve done so without realizing it.