I’ve gotten asked so many times before, “Why don’t you do one-on-one counseling to help people with their nutrition, instead of Employee Wellness?” My response: “Because I don’t want to just impact one person at a time – I want to impact the masses every opportunity I can.”
We spend most of our days at work – most of us, up 8 to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. We spend time with our co-workers, our workspaces, our job tasks, and our superiors. Those are all opportunities to encourage and optimize employee health.
Too often, Employee Wellness programs are auto-generated programs that make employees watch online video modules, speak to Health Coaches every 90 days that read off scripts, or are only weight, sleep, and smoking focused. While all of these approaches may work for some, they don’t help to get to the root and core on how to help employees with long-term health.
Being able to bring employees together, ask about their struggles, ask about their health goals, and have them engage with one another creates an impact like no other. Employee engagement is vital to mental and emotional health in the workplace. Bringing employees together in a group setting for a workshop or Lunch and Learn seminar helps to flourish employee relationships by creating conversation between them and having them relate to one another. There is no greater feeling for me than standing in front of a group of employees and sharing tools to optimize their health and wellbeing.
Creating impact within a workplace through Mindful and Intuitive Eating is my greatest passion. I share tools that can guide employees toward better health with their nutrition and wellness. They get to choose what works for them because health is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Can standardized webinars, scripted health coaching calls, and solely focusing on weight, sleep, and smoking make a difference? Absolutely. However, sometimes ‘making a difference’ just isn’t enough. Can creating individualized and sustainable change lead to more improved health outcomes and more engaged employees? You better believe it.