In the last couple years, several compelling books have focused on over-diagnosing and over treating people in the U.S. healthcare system. Workplace wellness shares in that situation, according to the books’ authors, because wellness programs feed employees right into that “meat grinder.” The authors effectively argue that onsite screenings and their incentives push employees into the healthcare system when there is nothing wrong with them. A fantastic, centralized Website to bone up on this growing body of evidence is Vik Khanna’s blog.
When you’re on the blog, you’ll find information on the latest book by Al Lewis and Vik Khanna, Surviving Workplace Wellness With Your Dignity, Finances, and (Major) Organs Intact.
It seems pretty clear that the current Workplace Wellness Emperors have no clothes. Maybe the next AJHP conference should be held at a nudist colony? What’s the alternative to the way we do wellness now? What’s next?
Simplicity and common sense seem to be the prescription. And when we talk about healthy cultures, we’re on the right track. But those healthy cultures have a lot to do with running the business, and nothing to do with turning your employees into patients.
This is what a renaissance feels like.
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.