Today business literature includes ads for wearables that prompt you to get up if you’ve been sitting for too long. National programs abound to increase awareness and understanding of mental health in the workplace, and even IKEA’s standing desk has been a topic for business bloggers. In addition to the increased visibility wellness has in general, the technology readily available today means individuals have access to measurements and resources they didn’t before. They have insight into how much activity they truly get in a day, and how many steps a day equal weight-loss versus weight maintenance. People are certainly informed, but are habits really being changed for long-term impact? Are companies committed or just responding to the latest fad? To truly know if your wellness efforts are going to stick, and if they are going to impart lasting change and health benefits, you should ask yourself why you are doing them in the first place.
Here’s a random fact for you: most employees experience five to 10 recessions over the course of their careers. File that under useless information, right?