Has it ever occurred to you--or the employees--that top management isn't exactly walking the walk when it comes to wellness?
Sure, the folks in the C-suites may fund and vocally support wellness programs. But are their lifestyles really good models for employees? So many books on business talk about how examples of good work habits need to be set at the top. You don't always hear that about wellness programs.
As we've found at Wellness Corporate Solutions , after you get buy-in from company executives, it's useful to encourage them to set a public example by eating healthy, getting exercise and dealing with their own stress levels. Having them participate in health fairs, join employee walks and attend wellness events can help a lot.
1. A program that supports high-profile recognition of executive health and fitness can easily backfire. If a company's leaders appear to be showing off--or devoting too much of their energy to their own athletic accomplishments--it may breed resentment and bad karma.
Maybe the people who run executive fitness competitions should include only business leaders who have implemented wellness programs in their own companies. Otherwise, are they just rewarding wellness hypocrisy?
It's probably a lot more valuable to have top management participate in lunchtime walks than train for the Ironman .