Posted by: healingtheworkplace | May 21, 2016

7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About Wellness Leadership

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What is Wellness Leadership and why should you be passionate about it? By providing this type of leadership you will not only improve your financial bottom line but the health and wellbeing of your employees as well.

I was recently introduced to the concept of Wellness Leadership by author Renee Moorefield. I’ve known for a long time that organizational health and wellbeing are dependent on having the “right” type of leadership in place. There are lots of statistics to support this claim and according to Moorefield there is a world-wide shift toward a wellbeing-centered way of operating.

Here Are 7 Reasons You Should Be Passionate About Wellness Leadership:

  1. It will have a positive impact on your company’s bottom line

Although not the only reason that employees take time off work, stress can lower productivity and increase short and long-term absences and this can result in huge financial costs for your company.

    2. Leadership is the key to creating a wellness culture in your workplace

As a leader you are responsible for creating a vision of what your organization plans to achieve. As a leader you also have the power to make this vision a reality by allocating resources and rewarding people when they take the initiative to change their behaviors.

3. You will be providing leadership not only in your organization but in the larger community

Renee believes that thriving is a right of every person and leaders who make organizational wellbeing a priority are also concerned about the health of the planet.

4. As a leader, you personally, will benefit from working in a healthy organization

Most leaders struggle to maintain a healthy work/life balance but if your organization’s culture is one that supports a healthy and caring workplace it makes sense that you will also be healthier and more productive.

5. It will be easier to recruit and engage your employees and volunteers

The most successful companies know that providing wellness related benefits will help them attract the type of employees that they need and want. Each year a list of the best places to work is announced in Canada and the USA and many of these organizations are on the list because they care about their employees.

6. Your employees will thrive in a wellness culture

Many large organizations provide wellness programs for their employees but smaller businesses might not have the resources to implement formal wellness programs. If you operate a small business, don’t despair, according to Renee Moorefield even the smallest business can create a culture in which people can thrive.

7. It will have a positive impact on your company’s bottom line

I’m going to repeat this point twice because it is probably the one that will most likely motivate you to take action.

In a report released in February 2016 The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) stated that unhealthy workplaces result in “2.2 trillion dollars in annual losses in the United States alone”. But if you don’t work in the United States, take heart, the GWI monitors and reports on the state of un-wellness in workplaces across the globe and you will find information about how other countries are faring by going to their website.

I’ll leave the last word to Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute:

In describing the impact of “caring companies” Susie Ellis said, “And we found that caring companies tackle not just ‘tangibles’ like healthy food and workspaces, they address emotional, relational, organizational, intellectual and financial ‘wellness’ at work (whether it’s giving workers more work flexibility or encouraging socializing and friendships).”

“She went on to note that being a company that “cares” is easier than management may think. And while intangible “work culture” components may seem elusive, the research shows that they are the true drivers of health and productivity – according to employees. Both studies reach the same conclusion: the current, compartmentalized “programmatic” approaches to workplace wellness will disappear in the future, and companies will reorient their wellness strategies around culture-wide “caring,” paying close attention to what that means for their particular workforce.“

 

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