The Corporate Paradox
The corporate paradox is that Americans need to work and want to work. Work defines our social and economic culture and corporations know this is true. Yet we put our wellness needs on the back burner and corporations treat wellness like a red-headed step-child.
Is there a time that you can remember any type of corporate wellness plan being offered to support your well-being and health while on the job?
For most of us….probably not. Yes, of course there is the standard medical coverage as there should be, but should that be all corporations offers their employees?
Sacrificing Wellness For Work
Take into account that the workplace literally becomes a second home or our home away from home. A normal workday consumes a minimum of 12 hours from the time of arrival till the time of departure. Let’s not forget how many of us take our work home just to catch up. Some jobs requires extensive travel.
Coming home stressed out, tired and exhausted becomes a normal state of mind.
Corporate Techno Stress
There is the saying “work hard play hard” that America has adopted this lifestyle and it is literally killing us. America has become fat, lazy and indifferent to the point of heart attacks, obesity and mental breakdowns.
We are preoccupied with working our way up the corporate ladder. This has effected our family values and we have become obsessed with how fast we can cram in mass hours of work to get the job done.
We also have a new addictions and new toys to aid us with our compulsion called technology. Just try to put your “I – whatever it is you own” on hold for a day and see how freaked out you become. What’s worst is we are uploading an entire generation into this technology without thinking of how this will pollute their well-being.
A company retreat is an excellent way to blow off steam reduce stress and show appreciation. The best retreat should involve communicative, interaction, exercise and socialization.
Work Healthy Play Smart
Corporate wellness programs recognizes that we are moving to fast and need to slow things down. It is important to understand that living life is not always about doing, it is also about being present to our health our home our families and well-being.
According to recent research from the Gallup Organization, Well-Being is made up of five essential elements:
- Career Well-being – how one occupies their time or likes what they do every day.
- Social Well-being – having strong relationships and love in one’s life.
- Financial Well-being – effectively managing one’s economic life.
- Physical Well-being – having good health and enough energy to accomplish things each day.
- Community Well-being –a sense of worth and wellness with the area in which one lives and works.
There are programs upon programs available for corporations to adopt, but it is also an individual choice on how to enter into the work environment. It is important not to sell out for the corporate carrots with perks to get ahead.
LOOK FOR THE BALANCE between work and the rest of your life, which is equally important. No job is worth risking health and well-being.