By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator

A friend shared her fortune cookie with me. It read “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible”. A lightbulb went off in my head…

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’M POSSIBLE.

As a Company Owner or Human Resources Professional, I’m sure you’ve heard the word impossible time and again. Impossible deadlines. Impossible demands. What happens when you suggest workplace wellness programs? I’m pretty certain you’ve heard the same too – “employee behavioral change is impossible.”


What if you went about it differently?

What if you were intentional in nurturing your workplace culture to include a focus on wellbeing and fitness?

As the late Peter Drucker once said,

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast, operational excellence for lunch, and everything else for dinner.”

Thriving workplaces intentionally nurture their culture; they are ferocious in supporting and protecting their culture. As a result they financially prosper.


By now, we all know that employee health and wellness matters. So, where do you go from here?

You first need to shift from OFFERING wellness activities to fill a calendar to CREATING employee wellbeing that is supported by the needs and wants for both the employees and the company. When this shift becomes a permanent part of your cultural brand, employees are motivated to bring their best selves to work and home every day.

At WYAO Hawaii, we can help you create the shift and connect the dots using our 7 Benchmark method that will allow you to:

Focus on supporting better thinking amongst your staff.

Avoid mandating hostile tactics like “wellness or else.”

Deploy wellness resources that allow you to define your purpose; strengthen your workplace communication thus putting your employees at the forefront of your wellness mission.


Companies that provide a clear mission and vision for a truly thriving culture that offers meaningful work and open employee communication and relations will result in a workforce that is intrinsically motivated to to bring their best selves to work each day.

If you want to learn how to make this shift in your wellbeing efforts, please contact us or visit us on February 16th and 17th  at the Great Aloha Run Expo, Booth #326.

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