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About every 10 years some new business fad emerges that promises to save millions, improve performance and transform the culture of your company into one focused on excellence. Many will recall previous fads like TQM, Six Sigma, CRM, Lean, Knowledge Management, Re-Engineering, Learning Organization and others. Years later it's hard to believe we wasted so much time and money on consultants, meetings and training programs that failed to produce the kind of sustained results promised by the salespeople.
Is corporate wellness yet another one of these fads? I don't think so. As a purveyor of many of these business programs over the years I've become a little cynical and jaded when something new comes along that promises anywhere from $2 to $6 return for every dollar invested. However, I think a healthy organization is increasingly important in today's world of double digit annual increases in employer healthcare costs. I also think that programs that encourage employees and partners to become healthier have few bad side effects and many corollary benefits.
I remember doing a study for a Navy shipyard client on the characteristics of their best managers and Mike stood out among all the others I interviewed and studied. First of all Mike had the best performance of any of the project superintendents and his priorities were a little different than his average performing peers. "My priorities are # 1 my health, # 2 my family and # 3 my job," Mike explained. "I make sure to always hit the gym five days a week from 5:30 until 7:00, have dinner with my family every night, never work weekends, and don't take my work smart phone with me on vacations."
Mike looks about 10 years younger than his actual age, and is viewed as an anomaly by others who are typically at least 30 pounds overweight, work 70+ hours a week, don't get enough sleep, and routinely make excuses for poor performance on their projects. Sadly, I have not met too many Mikes in my 30+ years of consulting. Imagine if you had an entire company of people like Mike. Think of what could get accomplished in an 8-hour day.