You’ve probably been hearing over and over that if you want to build a healthy workforce, you must create a culture of health in your organization.
There’s a reason for this. You can’t expect your employees to participate in your programs if your culture does not reflect the values of a healthier lifestyle (e.g., continuing to serve donuts at morning meetings and junk food in your vending machines).
Your employees are most likely spending (at least) eight hours a day at the workplace, Monday through Friday. That’s a pretty significant chunk of time. A lot of health-related choices are taking place during this time, including meals and snacks. Stress is typically a part of the workday, and many employees find it necessary to sit for long portions of the day. Without proper support, your employees are probably going to take the easiest route. The problem is that the “easy” way usually isn’t the healthy way.
While it may seem daunting to try to change your culture, it’s highly possible if you start with a strategy and realistic expectations.