Inspiring Leader Support For Health & Well-Being

HealthWell-Being_billboardKaren Lawrence KencoAs an experienced and dedicated manager, you want to do everything possible job to help your employees to be the most efficient and productive that they can be.  You mentor them, you develop their talents, you constructively criticize them and help them to see how they can do things better the next time.  You provide training programs so that they can understand their jobs and develop into higher skilled, more productive parts of your department.  You fight for pay increases for them and make sure that they are doing the things that best match their strengths.

What more can you do for them?

You can take care of their basic health.  Yes, that may sound like a tall order, but there are a few things that you can do today to improve their health and make them happier and healthier people.

Key into your organization’s Wellness program.
Use the challenges that your wellness representative provides or make up your own step challenge or sleep challenge.  Employees can compete to see who gets the most steps or the most zzzzzz’s.

Learn about what is already available to your employees.
It is possible that your organization’s health care provider or employee assistance program has opportunities for your employees, for example, weight loss coaching, financial guidance or stress management. Perhaps a discount to a weight loss program or local gym is already available to you and your team.

Consider providing standing desks.
There are affordable models that sit on the desk and allow the employee to sit or stand at a comfortable height. If they express interest in standing, you will also want to invest in mats for your employees to stand on. A mat designed for standing at a kitchen sink is affordable and will serve the purpose. Suggest that employees ease into standing for a good part of the day.  Like any new exercise, employees shouldn’t expect to be able to stand all day long on the first day.

Encourage employees to get up and walk around.
The newest catchphrase in wellness is, “Sitting is the new Smoking”.  Propose a widget be installed on their computer or smartphone that reminds them to take a stretch from time to time. (one free option: Big Stretch Reminder). Give them the autonomy to participate in company-sponsored programs, use break time to take a walk, or spend their lunch at a local gym.  Make sure they understand that they are encouraged to visit their doctor for their annual wellness/preventive visit.

Lead by example.
Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Let them see you making healthy choices at lunch. Lead walking meetings. Make sure exercise is part of your weekly routine.

When your employees see that you care about them and their health, you will be impressed at how much they respect and appreciate you.

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