Wellness vs Well-being: More than a Number!

Wellness vs Well-being: More than a Number!

For the past few years, worksite wellness has begun to shift focus away from just physical health (think pedometers and what is good to eat ) to a more holistic approach, with many employers providing information and services related to social, career, financial and community well-being.

We all know that eating right and 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 with open arms – after all, if you are struggling to pay your bills each month, or are going through a major life change like the death of a loved one, bankruptcy, divorce 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 promotion?

Rather than lecturing about diet and exercise, we have conversations with employees about the importance of purpose, gratitude, creativity and laughter. And these are some of the topics we will bring to you here during our special series based on the research presented by Tom Rath and Jim Harter, the Five Elements of Well-being.

We will explore in-depth the importance of:

  • Career well-being (loving what you do each day)
  • Financial well-being (having enough money to do the things you want to do)
  • Social well-being (the social supports you have in place)
  • Community well-being (the positive thoughts and feelings you have about the area in which you live)
  • Physical well-being (having good health and enough energy to do the things you want to do each day).

We will explain the importance of social connection, effective communication and social support, and 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!

Most recent update: 10/19/2017.V.2

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