My friend and workplace wellness expert, Ken Holtyn, has been successfully implementing wellness programs for small and medium-size workplaces for 30 years. He recently told me this about the history of workplace wellness:
“Worksite wellness has stuck its foot in its mouth big time − twice. Once, when in the early days of wellness some bright soul told a company how much money they could save them. And 30 years later we are still trying to prove it!
“Second big foot in the mouth is saying incentives need to be incorporated into wellness to get engagement and behavior change. Will this be another 30 year bunny ride?”
And now, Dean Witherspoon, another workplace wellness pro, highlights the RAND Report on Wellness, and tells us why ROI should have never been the reason for having a workplace wellness program. Read Dean’s article.
Share your thoughts and let me know what you think!
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.