As a wellness company, we work tirelessly to help our clients create the healthiest worksites possible. But well before you launch your first corporate step challenge, it makes sense to take the pulse of your worksite culture. It could be the difference between a successful wellness program and one that never takes flight.
Full disclosure: we’re thrilled to announce that we were recently awarded a local 2019 Top Workplaces Award, which recognizes the top 125 companies to work at in the Cincinnati area. We were named #1 in the small company division based on survey results from our employees about how they feel about their work environment. To me, one of my greatest achievements is maintaining a family spirit within our company that was there when I started HealthWorks 20 years ago. Our people like to come to work!
While the fanfare is exciting, you may ask, “What does this have to do with wellness?” Good question.
Happiness Makes You Healthier & More Engaged
Because we spend most of our waking hours at work, the office impacts employee well-being for better or worse. And because emotions are contagious, it’s very easy for negativity to spread in a work environment. Once that happens, research shows us that:
- Well-being suffers
- Productivity goes down by 30%
- Creativity plummets by 10 times
- Employees are 40% less likely to be promoted
On the flip side, the happiest employees are:
- Less likely to take sick leave (66% less than unhappy people)
- 180% more energized
- 155% happier with their jobs
- 150% happier with life
- 108% more engaged
- 50% more motivated
- 50% more productive
A happy, engaged workforce doesn’t happen by accident.
Whether you are deciding what benefits to offer, if flex time is a good idea, or what wellness activity to implement, you have to know your people first. I have always looked at every organizational decision through the lens of our core values and it has paid off in terms of a positive work culture. This takes hard work, patience, and often stepping back from pre-conceived notions of how leadership thinks everyone should be engaging. Do your homework!
- How do you want people to feel when they come to work?
- Most people want to be recognized and appreciated – have you factored this into everything you do?
- Do your people feel like you’re investing in them?
- Do your wellness offerings meet people where they are?
- Do your efforts match the skills and interest of your workforce?
- Step back and ask if your well-intentioned initiatives could be received negatively (e.g., do elements of your wellness program feel like a punishment instead of an incentive?; does your culture reflect one of trust or micromanagement?)
Implementing a wellness program just to say you have one will have a tough time gaining traction. Taking the time to understand your employees will do wonders for engagement and improved health and well-being. And, guess what? If your employees feel like you “get them,” they’re going to be happier.
Am I proud of the success and growth that we have experienced over the past 20 years? Of course. But, more than anything, awards like the Top Workplace 2019, are incredibly important to me. All the success in the world doesn’t mean anything if the people who work for your organization don’t like and believe in what you’re building together.
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