I’m not referring to the “senior moment” variety of forgetfulness.
I’m talking about the habitual forgetting that takes place in the midst of everyday life challenges and stresses, when we “forget” to make those choices that we know will keep our bodies, spirits and relationships healthy.
Corporate wellness programs, which aim to reduce healthcare costs and improve employee productivity, have to contend with the astonishing gap between what employees think about health and what they do about it.
That gap helps to explain why their employers offer. The top reasons employees give for why they do not participate in wellness programs is that they’re too busy with their jobs and are not fully aware of what the company offers.
They don’t say that “forgetting” and insufficient motivation to make healthy choices are important factors but they are.
Organizations need to develop wellness communications that recognize this paradox and address the ambivalence many employees have toward making healthier choices and changing unhealthy habits.
Organizations also need to train managers to identify and correct supervisory “” You can’t credibly encourage employees to make behavioral changes that improve health while continuing management practices that harm it.
A new initiative, developed by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has introduced another strategy for reducing the isolation, and improving the outcomes, of employee health promotion programs: .
“it’s not about a rigid set of programs and policies but about creative thinking all around. He encourages siloed safety/wellness/work-life/HR departments to share ideas and take part in each other’s meetings on a regular basis.”
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) can be a vital contributor to this kind of creative and collaborative effort.
Don’t forget to take advantage of this well-positioned resource for improving employee health and productivity.