How to Avoid This Corporate Wellness Mistake
When I read articles or talk to companies about corporate wellness, there is often something missing in the conversation. The biggest corporate wellness mistake is the lack of corporate responsibility. Companies need to be held accountable for the environment that they create.
Especially as it relates to unspoken expectations in the work place.
Companies HAVE to address the stress they are putting on their employees as a cause for climbing healthcare costs in the first place. It’s not all on the employees.
Granted there is high level of individual responsibility as well. If both donuts and fruit are made available in the break room, each employee will choose the one they want to eat.
As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make him drink. Right?
That said, if an organization is constantly telling their employees that they are missing their revenue goal or they are consistently working 10+ hour days, then there are probably some issues that need to be addressed.
Corporate Wellness Mistake: Where Does It All Start?
It all starts with being honest.
I teach companies that they need to take off their blinders and look around. You have to take responsibility for what’s currently going on in your office…the good, the bad and the ugly. Then determine a plan to change any negative trends, starting at the top.
A key piece of any organization’s change is their executive and leadership teams. If they don’t want to take responsibility and demonstrate their commitment to making changes, the rest of the employees will pick up on that and the momentum for positive change will never take off.
Any company desiring more corporate wellness can start today by assessing where they currently are at, and the general attitudes of the leadership team about employee wellness. After a clear and solid assessment, actionable goals can be determined from there, to see where there are ways to reduce stress in the workplace, and support employee wellness and overall morale.
As with everything, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to corporate wellness! Each company has unique needs to ultimately see sufficient ROI. That is why implementing a standard cookie-cutter wellness program is rarely successful.
With the landscape of the workplace changing rapidly, and a new generation of millennials working alongside baby boomers and everything in between, companies need to keep up and stay current with providing, and demonstrating corporate responsibility in supporting employee wellness.
I stayed at a lot of companies longer than I wanted to because I loved the people I worked with so much. That’s the reason most employees stick around. After a while though that isn’t enough to make someone stay if other issues aren’t addressed. Let’s not make that corporate wellness mistake!
Remember, actions always speak louder than words!