Employers Group Blog Connection

Wellness & Engagement

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Nov 29, 2011

By: Charlie Martin, Founder, engagementtoolbox.com

I was talking with someone recently about workplace engagement and the subject of wellness came up. The question that was raised and discussed with some enthusiasm was, does wellness influence engagement and does engagement influence wellness? I believe the answer is yes and yes.

Both engagement and wellness come from the inside out. They both can and usually are influenced by outside events. Both low levels of wellness and low levels of engagement cost businesses from thousands to millions of dollars each year depending on the size of the business and billions for business in general. These costs, from both things, show up in absenteeism, turnover, low productivity (presenteeism), higher accident rates, not to mention the escalating cost of health insurance and the related costs of sickness.

Both wellness and engagement are the responsibility of the employee and the employer. Both things also are in play outside of the workplace but can be significantly influenced by what happens in the workplace. When a member of the workforce shows up at the workplace they don"t leave themselves at home and when they return home at the end of the workday they don"t leave themselves at the workplace.

As business leaders we are all responsible for creating an environment that encourages wellness and engagement and as members of the workforce it is our responsibility to step up and take responsibilities for our behaviors that impact both engagement and wellness.

Imagine what we could all accomplish as business leaders and members of the team if we all had the best interests of ourselves and the team in equal portions and took the necessary action to achieve and maintain that positive glow that can only come from total engagement and wellness. It might be like those moments that we heart about, observe and sometime experience when we or someone else is in FLOW. In those moments everything seems easy, fun and is usually wildly successful for whoever is involved.

The bottom line is:  High performing companies and high performing team members know that wellness and engagement work together to create optimum results for business and the people who are the engine of the business.

About the Author:
Charlie Martin is the Founder and Head Coach of engagementtoolbox (http://.www.engagementtoolbox.com) Charlie is the author of The Tools of Engagement, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by the International Coach Federation and a seasoned leader with over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior level positions in a variety of industries. He can be reached at Charlie@engagementtoolbox.com

Topics: workplace, leadership, engagement, wellness, employee