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 holistic approach, with many employers providing information and services related to community, social, career, physical and financial well-being.

Eating right and regular movement is important, but physical health is only one element. People are different and in various stages of life. One size does not “fit all” when it comes to health, and one program does not engage all people.

Employees have welcomed this approach – after all, if you are struggling to pay your bills each month, or 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 how to exercise or what to eat (actually, does anyone ever like being told what to do?) What do you think? Does your employer offer this kind of worksite wellness?

Rather than lecture about diet and exercise, we talk with employees about gratitude, purpose, creativity and laughter. And these are just 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 explore:

  • The social supports you have in place (social well-being)
  • The positive thoughts and feelings you have about The area in which you live (community 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)
  • Having enough money to do the things you want to do (financial well-being)

We will offer ideas for how you and your family can make small changes to improve your happiness, your life and yes, even improve your health. We hope 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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