Healthy Employees: What do People Really Want from Wellness Programs?

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.

13 Haunted Wellness Headlines of 2013

#13 Extrinsic incentives work; millions of U.S. employees hold out for big bucks before improving their lifestyles.

#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.

Wellness is Fun, Romantic, Hip, Sexy, and Free

What does your organization mean when it uses the term “wellness?” This 30-year-old definition of wellness is still my favorite.

“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.

Louis Pasteur’s Crazy Idea Doctors Were Wrong… and What Wellness Managers Need to Learn From That

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…

When Wellness Worlds Collide Wellness Critics Respond to Attack

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.

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