Wellness managers are always under the gun to fund their programs and then justify them. The more expensive the program, the more intense the proof must be that it worked, which has been what all the ROI (return on investment) talk has been about. In fact, workplace wellness has earned a reputation of being so…
Unfortunately, an old hardware-store adage applies to many wellness managers, “When you’re a hammer, the whole world is a nail.” Just pound on the problem the same way all the time. Evaluate risk. . . intervene. . . lower risk factors. . . save money (questionable). . .repeat.
But there is another, more appropriate, old hardware-store adage: “When people say they need a drill, what they really want is a hole.” Sometimes they say they want to lose a few pounds, or get their blood pressure under control, or walk more steps per day. But they’re only talking about the drill. I want to know about the hole.
#12 Just discovered: Small-time player, Dr. Juice, former door-to-door juicer salesman, decided to go great and powerful. Now known as Dr. Oz.
#11 Thousands of employees see their confidential health-risk data on electronic billboards along the I-4 corridor. Authorities say, “Minor glitch was fixed within just days.” Questions persist.
If you’re going to try to focus on building a healthy organization or even broaden your scope of what wellness could be, you’re going to run into resistance. Welcome it. You’re not doing your job if you don’t feel push-back occasionally.
Here’s a list of the 8 most common obstacles you’ll run into and corresponding solutions.
“Wellness is fun, romantic, hip, sexy, and free. People who practice it are better looking, have higher morale, superior bowel movements, and more anti-bodies against disease. They also become wildly popular, tax exempt, and get elected to office.” – Donald B. Ardell, PhD
Now you might say, “We can’t go to our bosses and tell them our wellness programs get people to be hip, sexy, and free.” Wellness is all of that, but I understand the concern. So here’s a pretty solid definition that is broad and shouldn’t offend anyone.
After over 30 years of being in business, helping workplaces with their communication, and trying to marshal the talents of diverse groups of people − this is the most important advice I can give. Be clear in your communication. Simplify what you say or write. Ask people to explain back to you what you think…
If I had to categorize today’s post, I’d say it’s clearly in the “critical thinking” genre. In my professional – and highly biased – opinion, this may be the best unpublished editorial ever submitted to USA Today. Why I thought they would publish an editorial that engaged in trash talk with one of their biggest…
I am sure the world’s leading French surgeons of the mid-19th century doubted Pasteur’s revelation that small, living things, invisible to the naked eye, were causing disease. Although Pasteur was not the first to make this connection, he was the first to validate the observation with visible proof. Keep in mind the widely respected and…
I ran across this fascinating article on the connection between wealth and happiness. It offers some great insight on the role of money in our life. And its lesson on determining what is enough is great advice. Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read…
WellSteps and Ron Goetzel VS Al Lewis and “some government contractors, and scholars, and wellness critics.”
The first Webinar to contrast the current worksite wellness model – with the emerging evidence based model of creating a culture of well-being.
Don’t miss this epic, free, counter-Wellness Webinar scheduled for
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 from 1 to 2:30 PM, eastern time zone.
It’s on HPLive. Get signed up now.
(You’ll have to register with HPLive if you’re not already, but it’s well worth the few minutes.)