Research completed in the developing phases of Mower Refreshed revealed that people in Mower County are motivated to make healthier choices to be available for those who depend on them. That sounds vaguely familiar; many of us go to work each day to meet the needs of those who depend us. If you like what you do, you are doubly blessed!
Many employers are discovering that dangling a carrot in front of employees results in minimal health behavior changes at best. Changes made are likely to not last long. This is discouraging news as we have spent billions of dollars saying to America’s workforce “Come on and do this healthy thing and you’ll get a t-shirt, water bottle or maybe an extra day off.” The carrots are all good and have their place, but they aren’t what motivates people to make healthier choices that stick…at least not in Mower County.
The point is, we need to tap into what truly motivates people internally when it comes to encouraging healthier lifestyles, the daily behaviors that can impact productivity, attendance and health care cost at work. That is at the core of making healthy lifestyle changes stick.
Work for many employees is their home away from home. Providing employees with healthy choices and making those options easy to engage in, can be a first step. Encouraging employees to consider short and long term personal benefits of exchanging behaviors to develop healthier lifestyles can encourage a fit workforce from the inside out, one person at a time. Employees specifically identifying personal benefits can be powerful in exchanging habits, personal benefits like: being active with children/ grandchildren, feeling better because a chronic health issue is managed well, increased endurance in everyday activities, breathing deeper, etc.
Mower Refreshed will be offering a Best Practices for Workforce Wellness | Mower County resource on the new website due to launch February 25th. This is a living document that we hope to grow and expand with your ideas of best practices. You will be inspired by actions area businesses are taking and leading by example. We hope you will share your ideas to promote healthy work environments.
No matter that size of your business the ideas shared can be the fuel needed to creating a stronger and healthier workforce in Mower County. Submit your ideas to connect@MowerRefreshed.org
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