By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator

As a Manager or Business Owner, do you believe you play a major role in the health of your employees?
WELCOA published some surprising statistics that just may convince you:
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, the person you report to at work is more important for your health than your family doctor.
  • 79% of people who quit their jobs cite lack of appreciation as their reason for leaving.
  • 58% of employees say they trust strangers more than their boss.
Management support is crucial to the success of any workplace wellness program. As leaders, managers have the opportunity to build supportive work environments that promote employee health and well-being.
WELCOA has dubbed the phrase Evolved Executivesa new kind of leader that embodies wellness creating a thriving culture that results in sustainable behavior change.
In most cases, it is middle managers working over time convincing senior management to support company-wide wellness efforts while employees simply need managers permission to implement healthy behaviors at the office. Employees want the ok to take a walk or participate in a company-sponsored yoga class, let’s say, during their lunch break.
The central part of a manager’s role is to stimulate constructive change and maintain a supportive environment which should include the health and wellness of the organization. published the list of 7 companies with epic wellness programs. And as you may already know, Google made the ranking with their all-encompassing wellness program featuring onsite healthcare services, including physician, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage services, as well as access to fitness centers, classes, and community bikes.
Google employees can even improve their personal and professional health by taking cooking classes, coding degree programs, or guitar lessons (just to name a few). The campus cafés and micro kitchens are stocked with nutritious, color-coded meals and snacks, and provide smaller plates to help with portion control. The search engine powerhouse also offers its workers financial wellness resources, such as access to financial advisors and financial planning services. Not to mention, employees are granted flexible hours, vacation time, and volunteer time, helping Googlers achieve work-life balance.
Managers do have the power to create a healthier workplace because they have the opportunity to lead by example. What is your role at your organization? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.

WYAO Hawaii is designed to support companies in the shift from an ‘activity-based’ wellness program to a thriving, integrated results-oriented wellness system. We are grounded in a nationally recognized and research-based model to assist companies through a seven-step sequence toward Workplace Wellness Success.

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