The role of managers in promoting wellness

Workplace well-being 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 well-being 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 well-being program and leveraging their influence with their team members, it is possible to significantly improve employee engagement rates within the entire organization.

Adopt a well-being goal: Make well-being a priority by encouraging managers to adopt at least one well-being goal for their team in addition to business goals. This will ensure that well-being activities do not get relegated to the back burner and that team members actively pursue well-being 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 well-being 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 well-being 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 well-being within an organization. So make sure that your plan for promoting well-being programs within your organization includes their involvement. Do you have more ideas on how managers can act as ambassadors for promoting well-being? We are always eager to hear them!