I just searched the phrase, “How do I get out of my workplace wellness program?” And came up with a little more than 8 million hits. Oh, wait! That was my other search, “How can I get my toes in the water and my ass in the sand like Zac Brown?” Sorry about that.
Anyway, all is good in the workplace wellness world according to the supreme authority on all things: Goggle®. Apparently, the Internet teems with so much great news about workplace wellness that you’d have to spend a month on the galactic calendar to find any negative comments. In fact, you can type in the most negative words and phrases about wellness you can dream up, and the searches keep coming up all roses for wellness.
I don’t necessarily see this as good news.
When almost everyone is euphoric about something, or doing things the same way for a long time, that’s a sign of a bubble. Also, industry leaders are ignoring critics and denying them a platform for debate. Microscopic germs do cause infection. Google wouldn’t have noticed that tidbit back in the 1830s either.
So, it was with some satisfaction that I came across some common-sense questioning of workplace wellness programs somewhere in the top five pages of a search. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s stand and give Kathryn Mayer a round of applause for daring to challenge the status quo in her clear-headed article, “No Workplace Wellness Walk.”
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.