Time & Attendance
By Jessica Higgins
Nov. 1, 2017
It used to be that the harder and longer you worked, the more respect you earned from your peers. Those long nights and bleary eyes were the sign of a very dedicated employee.
But thanks to our digital-first world today, we’re now on 24-7 whether we like it or not. We tried to maintain that good old approach of long hours means dedication, but we began experiencing burnout. With the advent of working on our phones and iPads we are driving ourselves mad.
The first to really expose this phenomenon was Arianna Huffington. In 2016 she became even more vocal about the importance of sleep, a fairly radical departure from priding ourselves on our service to our company by sacrificing our bodies to the grind.
Just a year later, every major corporation I consult with is rolling out some version of a wellness initiative. Having run the gamut from onsite health coaches to installing sleep rooms, here are the essentials you need to know in order to have an effective wellness program for your organization without it costing a lot of money or productivity.
Your true goal here is to make everyone more effective, not less.
You will find one or two areas where everyone really struggles, and whether your solution for that is work from home days, silent work days, limits on nighttime emails, healthy food options, or even brief at-your-desk online fitness coaching, there is an internet innovation to solve nearly every health issue today.
This is where a wellness program becomes a productivity program — when it serves your people better and serves your business purpose as well.
Take after Steve Jobs and start encouraging your employees to take walking meetings outdoors. Set a five-minute calendar invite to remind people to get up and stretch.
Whatever you do, no matter how small, you will help yourself and others extend your happiness. And isn’t that what work and life should be?
Jessica Higgins is the chief operating officer for Miami Beach-based Gapingvoid Culture Design Group. Comment below or email email@example.com.
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