The Role of Managers in Promoting Wellness

Manager_Team_MeetingWorkplace wellbeing programs have become the norm, in large and medium-sized companies across the United States. However, only a small percentage of employees take advantage of these workplace benefits and engage in wellbeing activities.  How can we solve this problem?

At Alyfe, we believe that managers are an important part of the solution. Think about this; most employees belonging to large and medium-sized organizations report to a team lead.  These managers play a crucial role in shaping a mini- culture within their teams. They educate, inspire, and lead their teams towards success. By making managers ambassadors of the company wellbeing program and leveraging their influence with their team members, it is possible to significantly improve employee engagement rates within the entire organization.

Adopt a wellbeing goal: Make wellbeing a priority by encouraging managers to adopt at least one wellbeing goal for their team in addition to business goals. This will ensure that wellbeing activities do not get relegated to the back burner and that team members actively pursue wellbeing to achieve the goal.

Lead by example: Without the manager leading by example, team members may be reluctant to participate in activities that don’t directly relate to their work for fear of how it may be construed.  When a manager participates actively in wellbeing activities and encourages team members to follow suit, the engagement from employees is bound to increase.

Individualize program implementation: A manager is usually in a favorable position to know what inspires each of his team members. This information can be used to adopt and shape wellbeing programs at the micro-level to suit each employee so they will engage fruitfully.

The role of managers obviously plays an important part in promoting wellbeing within an organization. So make sure that your plan for promoting wellbeing programs within your organization includes their involvement. Do you have more ideas on how managers can act as ambassadors for promoting wellbeing? We are always eager to hear them!

One thought on “The Role of Managers in Promoting Wellness

  • Tim Hughes
    June 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    You are right Doctor, leadership starts at the top. If the employees see the leadership performing welbeing activities the employees may think that the leaders know something that the average employee doesnt and that is why they want to be where the leaders are.

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