A few weeks ago I posted, This Study Might Finally End All the Crazy ‘Workplace Wellness ROI’ Claims. Since then, there has been some online discussion on the matter (see, News Release: AJHP study: Best research indicates workplace wellness programs lose money). There are lots of great resources and links to support the research cited in this news release.
And just as I am about to post this article, a new story hits the wire, “EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Orion Energy Wellness Program and Related Firing of Employee.”
If you follow my blog, The Best C+ Student in The Wellness Biz, you know I’ve written about other failings of workplace wellness. Those failings are OK, just like when Edison failed over 9,000 times before he produced the first incandescent light bulb.
Failures are the stepping stones of progress. But when people mask or hide these failures, or parade them as successes, or interpret them in misleading ways, then these individuals do harm. Eventually reality catches up. And it’s catching up now for the old workplace wellness model.
Let’s turn our focus to the future and what does work.
My blog is full of ideas, case studies, and links to a ton of stuff that does work and can work. And there are a lot of brilliant people out there who are totally transparent with information, and have ideas and working models more in line with helping organizations and people live a healthy life in the 21st century.
The failings of workplace wellness over the last 30 years were unavoidable, necessary, and productive — until recently. We now know a lot about what does not work. But we are at a new dawn in how we think about the joy of work, the celebration of the human spirit, our connection to nature, our value to one another, our organizational and personal roles in the communities we live in, and the use of new technologies.
When your boss or CEO asks you, “Is workplace wellness worth it; isn’t it just a dying concept?” You can say, “Well, we know what does not work and that is extremely valuable. But I believe we’re at the dawn of unlocking human potential on a scale unimagined just a short time ago. I think we can start that transformation here and now.” Let’s look forward.
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.