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6 corporate wellness and fitness strategies for 2017

James A. Martin | May 25, 2017
Encouraging healthy habits can help improve workers’ performance, reduce absenteeism and lower health care costs.

But why a productivity talk at a corporate wellness conference? It’s all tied into the idea of “bringing your best self to work,” McDonough said.


6. The ultimate goal is to help employees ‘bring their best selves to work’

We’re at a point now where many corporate wellness programs have moved beyond prompting employees to get 10,000 steps a day or monitor their sleep. Some incorporate meditation, stress reduction even financial planning.

Going forward, the focus will be on “connecting all the dots” of various health metrics, such as heart rate and sleep, and “understanding how they impact each other” to give employees a more holistic view of their well-being, said McDonough. In turn, that will help employees be the best they can be at work, she added.

McDonough’s statement resonates with me. To achieve success and career longevity, it’s always been important to be sharp, vital and fully engaged on the job. But in the future, could ‘bringing your best self to work’ also help protect you against increasing automation in the workplace? 

A lot of people are worried about losing their jobs to technology. A recent Gallup poll found that one in four U.S. workers believe it’s “at least somewhat likely” their job will be eliminated by artificial intelligence, robotics or automation.

The jobs less likely to be negatively affected by automation are those that involve creative work, planning and strategic decision-making, according to Fortune. So, it stands to reason that if you’re consistently taking good care of yourself — whether you’re in an employer-sponsored wellness program or not — you’re more likely to be fresh, sharp and alert at work. And as a result, you’ll be in a better position to be creative, decisive and strategic. You’ll be the kind of employee, in other words, that robots may have difficulty replacing.


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