Healthy Employees, Healthy Business – Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness

Healthy Employees, Healthy Business - Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness

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“Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness” by Ilona Bray and a team of experts is a good book that may go unnoticed by many businesses. In these difficult economic times for many, starting a wellness program may not be on the forefront of many corporate and business leader’s thoughts. However, as pointed out in the first chapter, “Why You Need a Healthy Workplace,” the incorporation of wellness programs and the encouragement and assistance with keeping employees healthy can significantly increase the bottom line. The statistics in the book claim that most companies have a positive return on the investment of instituting wellness programs. The book claims that only a small minority of companies fail to break even and that’s often because their initial investment of time and money was too low.

The book then goes on with chapters on strategies for a successful wellness program; worksite evaluations and program launches; prevention and early detection to help employees stay well; very basics on healthy eating, nutrition, fitness and exercise; suggestions for lowering stress levels, working without tobacco, helping an addicted worker, reducing obesity, dealing with chronic illnesses, choosing health benefits, and finally drafting workplace policies that promote health.

The book also contains a CD-ROM that includes forms such as Wellness Plan Worksheet, Wellness Program Interest Survey, Treatment Center Evaluation Form, a Food and Exercise Diary among a few others. Additionally, there are the audio MP3 files on Why Create a Wellness Program, Wellness Program Incentives, and Wellness Program – Walking.

Much of the information on health in this book can be found in greater detail in books specifically on the subject, but the short chapters here do provide the basics in a context of creating a wellness program for a work environment. Each chapter was advised by an expert in the field so the advice is sound and accurate.

Like many Nolo books, there are many sidebars and boxes that provide additional resources on topics as well as success stories from business owners. The credentials of the advising experts are also listed at the beginning of each chapter.

Health and fitness are extremely important and I’m a firm believer that preventing disease and keeping oneself fit will not only help people enjoy their lives more, but be happier and more productive workers. Not to mention the lower cost of healthcare for medical problems that are preventable by living a healthier lifestyle. I applaud businesses that take an interest in helping their employees become healthier by implementing wellness programs. I think Bray’s book “Healthy Employees, Healthy Business” can assist many businesses with encouraging employees to be healthier and starting programs to educate and assist them with their efforts.…

Addictions Can Hurt Your Business

Addictions Can Hurt Your Business

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Every week I see clients who have been involved in some form of addiction and sadly listen as they tell me about the problems they have been experiencing because of it. There are so many parts of a life that are negatively impacted by addictions as follows:

  1. Relationships – It is hard to be faithful to people when your first love is alcohol or drugs. Sometimes an addiction leads to communication problems due to lying and often escalate to the point of divorce or dissociation with the people who care the most
  2. Finances – When you are putting money into gambling activities it doesn’t take long until the bills aren’t being paid and the savings is drained. Those who are buying substances also see their finances disappear quickly.
  3. Health – If a person isn’t doing self-care and making sure that needs are met, illness or accidents can steal good physical health. And, over time, the stress of addictions can also take away good mental health.

Think about how important it is to have good relationships, finances and health in order to be able to focus on starting and building a business. You cannot have a healthy business if you aren’t healthy! Every business person must be able to invest time, energy and attention into daily operations. You see, there is no such thing as maintenance. Either things are improving or they are deteriorating. You cannot neglect your business and, at the same time, expect to see is prosper.

Let’s use gardening as an example. What would happen if you planted seeds but then never watered, weeded or protected it. You likely wouldn’t have much of a harvest, would you? Well, it is the same thing with running a business. If you do not water, weed and protect it, you will not have a good harvest!

Sometimes we just have to get honest with ourselves and do a full evaluation of our actions and the consequences. If you are finding that people in your life complain that you are making poor choices and you notice that either your money or your health is suffering, it is time to seriously look at the situation. Decide to do something about it before you find yourself alone, penniless and sick. Oh, and by the time that you reach that point, remember, you likely won’t have a business either!

Kind of scary! But the good news is that is you are willing to get honest with yourself, decide to make some serious changes and follow through with determined action, you will not be facing such a bleak future. In fact, you will likely enjoy prosperity in all areas of your life.…