Wellness vs Well-being: More than a Number!

Worksite wellness has shifted focus away from physical health (think about walking contests and what to eat ) to a more holistic approach, with many wellness departments offering services and information related to social, financial, community, career, and physical well-being.

Eating right and regular movement (physical health) will always be important, but it's only one element. Everyone is different and in various stages of life. One size does not “fit all” when it comes to health, and one program does not excite or engage all people.

Employees have welcomed this approach – after all, if you are struggling to pay your bills, are going through a major life change like divorce, death of a loved one or other major stressor, the last thing you want is to be told what to do.

What do you think? Does your employer offer this kind of worksite wellness?

Rather than lecture about diet and how to exercise, we talk with employees about their purpose, becoming more gracious, tapping into creativity as a means to reduce stress, laughter, communication and more.

These are some of the topics we will talk about during our series based on research presented by Tom Rath and Jim Harter, the Five Elements of Well-being.

We will examine:

  • Having enough money to do the things you want to do (financial well-being)
  • The positive thoughts and feelings you have about the area in which you live (community well-being)
  • The social supports you have in place (social well-being)
  • Having good health and enough energy to do the things you want to do each day (physical well-being)
  • Loving what you do each day (career well-being)

We will offer suggestions for how you and your family can make small changes to improve your happiness, your life and yes, even improve your health. We think you will enjoy these messages as much as our employees.

We hope you will join us and share your thoughts about wellness! Tune in next month for an exploration of the first pillar: physical/mental wellness!

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