As the temperatures begin to rise and daylight extends later into the evening hours, it is easy to think about summer plans and vacation time. Yet, it appears that this is not on everyone’s mind. According to Project: Time Off, 55% of American employees left vacation time unused in 2015, leaving an astounding 658 million days unused. Only 47% of employees will use all their vacation time.
When I decided to start my own business after years of working in a corporate setting, I was looking forward to the flexibility that it offered. I would get to choose how I spent my time and what my day looked like, and where I did that work. Increasingly employees are asking for more flexibility in their workdays. They are asking for flexibility in when they work, where they work and how they work. Inherently as humans, we want to have choice. Autonomy is one of the key motivators that drives people to do their best and most productive work. Today, flexibility in the workplace is essential to attract and retain your workforce.
We’re off and running in 2017. As we work with our clients partnering for healthier workplaces, we see changes afoot. Here is our take on what we see happening in healthy workplaces in 2017.
|Most wellness programs are designed while looking through the lens of money. Who are the most expensive employees? What can we do to change those employees so they will cost less? What you get when this is your focus is policies that charge overweight, tobacco-using employees more money for health insurance than their slender, healthier counterparts and all but forces these individuals into programs that they may or may not be ready for or even interested in participating in.|
These are the wellness programs where very little changes in overall employee health and the money you were hoping to save goes down the drain along with the additional cost of your failing wellness program.
In a recent conversation with a Human Resources Executive,
he asked if my company offers stress management programs as part of a worksite wellness program. I responded yes, and quickly asked his permission to ask a couple of questions. I explained that we often find that stress is a symptom of some underlying issue or issues. Our preference is to not just treat the symptoms but to uncover the true underlying issue. He pondered this for a moment and continued to tell me his story.