And the focus on employee wellness has increased dramatically post-COVID. The significant changes to the workplace – changes that will continue for months – means the stress and anxiety that workers already were dealing with has only magnified. If ever there was a time for wellness in the workplace, it’s now.
But who’s ensuring the wellness of those company and organization leaders?
“A company is a living - breathing being, with executives acting as the vital organs that keep it going…”
Corporate Wellness Magazine
We know the critical role an effective CEO, executive director or manager plays in any organization’s success. So, are those important leaders taking advantage of wellness programs? HR professionals work diligently to develop and provide these programs to their employees but are they also focused on ensuring the company’s leadership is also taking advantage? And have they developed specific wellness programs for that leadership? Being at the helm of a large company or organization generates a unique level of stress and pressure than must be addressed in order to adequately support executive leadership. The post-COVID workplace has only heightened those stress levels.
But there are strategies companies can implement to encourage greater worker participation. At the top of that list is leadership participation.
• Daily walks around the block led by the boss can become a powerful symbol of both health and leadership.
• Hosting or leading healthy cooking demonstrations – with an assist from nutritionists or healthy foods chefs – will not only inform but entertain.
• Investments in old-fashioned sports teams.
• Starting meetings with guided meditation or simple breathing exercises.
These are only a few ideas and some may not be possible. Not every company or organization is located near walkable property or greenspace. But there are plenty of ways for a company, and particularly, a company’s leadership, to demonstrate the importance of their worker’s health.
David Iwane, Ph.D. is vice president of human resources at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles. To learn more, contact Dr. Iwane at email@example.com or (213) 615-7268.
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