I’m going to be honest with you: I’ve met and worked under a lot of leaders who talk a big game when it comes to employee wellness. They say all the right things about wanting their employees to prioritize physical and mental health. They even talk about building a culture of wellness. But when it comes to actually implementing the charge, these leaders sometimes fall short or don’t even get started.
But that culture of wellness isn’t going to happen unless you’re out there on the front lines, practicing or setting up what you preach. As the leader, you set the tone, and you get the ball rolling. It falls on you to lead by example.
Take the Lead in Employee Wellness
Here are some ways to do that:
Embody employee wellness. I’ll start with the obvious one: If you want your team members to take up the cause of wellness, you’ve got to showcase what that embodies. If you’re launching an employee wellness program, you should participate in it yourself. Also, develop personal habits of health — nutritious meals, ample sleep at night, and physical activity each day. Make sure your employees can see your personal health initiatives. Lead by example.
Influence balance. An aspect of wellness that often goes underexplored is balance. Basically, it’s not healthy for any employee to spend 19 hours everyday at the office. Again, you set the tone – you need to lead the example. Try to leave on time each day, and avoid sending emails after hours. Become an influence for boundaries and balance.
Get your managers involved. On top of your own participation in employee wellness, involve your managers. They are direct influencers to the members of their teams and departments. Speak with each one directly, and simply let them know how much you’d value their engagement within the employee wellness program.
Develop the right cues. Think of some ways in which you can “nudge” people towards healthy decisions without being rude about it. I’ll give you a simple example: Offer healthy snacks at your meetings — a subtle yet meaningful way to ratify your company’s commitment to wellness. There’s no room at the meeting table for Doritos and Pepsi.
Make sure new employees are in the loop. Finally, make sure wellness is part of your onboarding. Whenever you meet with new or prospective employees, introduce them to the perks of your employee wellness program – it’s not a secret, and it’s something you need to be proud of. Make it clear from the beginning that this is something your company cares about — and something you value personally, as well.
“Most SaaS companies have legacy wellness programs based on how enterprise businesses were run twenty years ago. Today’s businesses with remote teams and diversified people and cultures demand that employee wellness programs run off of data and curated recommendations built to optimize performance for the company and the employee.” – Ketan Seetha, CEO at LEON
It’s time you set up the right type of employee wellness program. LEON is here to enable that for you.