A couple years into my wellness career, I landed a job with The Dow Chemical Company. It was a stroke of luck that rewarded me for many years because I was introduced to my first mentor. She influenced and guided me — not only in the 8 years I spent at Dow, but especially in the founding of HES and over the next 2 decades.
Today, I’m fascinated by my 26-year-old son’s career with a certain online behemoth and how 4 years into his tenure he’s acquired not 1, but 3 trusted advisers — all at different facilities. Listening to him explain how he consults with this person about how to lead people, another about his career path, and another
Having passion for wellness is a powerful thing, but it’s not the only thing.
In the article, A Roadmap to Building Effective Wellness Champion Networks by Naketa Perryman and Jordan Lamar, we learned that being passionate about health is a critical requirement for wellness champions. To build a culture of health using a champion network, employers need the support of employee leaders with an abundance of positive energy, strong social skills, and enthusiasm for improving health.
So after you’ve recruited or assembled the best possible employees for your wellness champion network, what next?
Healthier food options have gained a foothold in workplaces over the last decade, bolstered by research showing that healthy behaviors are rooted in healthy environments.
We are no exception at Paychex — a leader in the payroll, HR, and benefit outsourcing industry where my team and I drive a well-being strategy to support 14,000 employees nationwide. Nearly 10 years ago, we implemented some of the behavioral economics strategies now commonplace to wellness advocates, steeply subsidizing healthier food options in our cafés and presenting menu items — on our catering menus and in our vending machines as well as our cafés — so that the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.