Guest blogger: Shawn M. Connors, The Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz
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?
Washington, DC is a great example of a city loaded with really smart people. How’s that working for us? Sometimes, I think we should just put a few of the nice folks from Billings, MT, Walla Walla, WA, or Hastings, MI (toss a dart at a U.S. map) in charge of solving our nation’s most vexing problems. Then, the average people can tell the really smart people what to do. My guess is our average superheroes would have working solutions to our most significant problems in place (that most of us could buy into) in about a week.
So, I was happy to see some great advice coming out of Midland, MI, from where my friend and colleague in wellness, Taco Dean Witherspoon, sends his blog. (Click on Dean’s name to see how he earned the “Taco” part.) He came out with a blog advocating for employee volunteers to run workplace wellness programs. Here’s the article, Let Your Employees Design Your Next Wellness Program. It’s Profound… Riveting… Insightful… and A Blinding Flash of the Obvious, as usual. Let’s have a round of applause for quality content that is relevant and well written. (Clapping right now!)
Here are a few more rules for average people who volunteer to serve on Wellness Committees:
1. Don’t let any really smart people in the room. The whole thing becomes too confusing, and the meetings last too long.
2. Ask a lot of people to do a little bit all the time. Don’t overwhelm people, and don’t hang the work on just a few people.
3. Look at the entire workforce to help implement the wellness program.
4. DON’T OVER SCHEDULE. Take it easy. The wellness program should not be a source of stress, but more a labor of love.
Here are a few more resources from Hope Health that might help: