Wellness leaders have been talking about health culture for a long time. It’s the Holy Grail of workplace well-being. If you don’t have it, your individual wellness interventions are hit-or-miss efforts at best. And if you have a decidedly unhealthy culture — where people feel undervalued or worse — that HRA, screening, lunch ’n learn, or challenge you’re sponsoring this month can actually be a net-negative activity. You’d be better off doing nothing at all.
From painting, piano playing, and photography to singing, sewing, and scrapbooking, participating in the arts offers an undeniable well-being boost. Chances are many in your workplace already enjoy these outlets for self-expression or are interested in trying them. Studies confirm the benefits of participating in visual, performing, literary, and creative arts. Why not promote them as part of your well-being program?
A large body of evidence underscores the mental and physical advantages of active participation in the arts. A few highlights: