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Workplace Culture: Does Leadership Support Wellness?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 26th, 2016

Stress is often associated with increased eating and a variety of other unhealthy habits, negatively affecting workplace culture

Workplace stress plays an especially big part in the growing epidemic. Research shows that 41% of workers with extremely low stress levels feel they are overweight, compared to 77% of workers with extremely high stress levels. Translation? Workers who say they have extremely high on-the-job stress are 53% more likely to say they’re overweight than those with low stress. Are your leaders promoting a healthy workplace culture?

Workplace Culture: Does Leadership Support Wellness?

Workers say their busy workdays prohibit them from taking advantage of wellness benefits offered by their employers. While 25% have access to employer-sponsored wellness benefits, including onsite workout facilities and gym passes, 55% of them do not take advantage of them.

Workers are becoming more health conscious, but due to higher stress, longer work days and constant multi-tasking, it’s difficult to find the time to care for their own wellness. Wellness programs, though growing in popularity, have often returned mixed results. An often-cited detriment to such programs is that they lack senior leader support or participation. For a wellness program to make positive change happen, it has to be stressed from top leadership down.

Are your leaders helping to reduce your stress? Do they support your participation in a wellness program?

To learn how to improve your workplace culture by implementing tools that care for employees’ minds, bodies and spirits, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to discuss implementing this powerful program at your facility.

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