Management Support Can Make or Break Wellness Program

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 General News J E 4
MIDLAND, Mich., Nov. 2 Though management support is a key to success in workplace wellness programs, keeping managers on board can be a struggle.

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Health Enhancement Systems defines the role of leadership in a newly released white paper, Management Support: Inspiring Wellness Leadership (

Numerous studies show the positive impact of management support on employee health, retention, wellness program participation, productivity -- and ultimately on the bottom line.

Overall, managers wield a powerful influence on employee morale, workloads, team communication, and job satisfaction, according to the extensive research summarized in this 8-page white paper. Managers often decide the scope, budget, and time off for wellness program activities as well. They can champion the efforts or doom them to failure.

"Managers who make wellness program participation easy -- along with being good examples -- help create an atmosphere where employees can thrive," notes Dean Witherspoon, Health Enhancement Systems ( President and Founder.

The white paper -- available as a free download at -- offers ideas like these:

Health Enhancement Systems serves organizations in North America and throughout the world. In addition to numerous white papers, they've created more than 20 paper and online workplace wellness campaigns including NutriSum: Healthy Weight for Life, Get Fit on Route 66, Great American Fitness Adventure, Feel Like a Million, and 10K-A-Day, adopted in more than 1000 organizations serving employees and family members worldwide. Other products include lifestyle change brochures and the Health Promotion Practitioner newsletter.

For more information about Health Enhancement Systems, call 800.326.2317 or visit

-- Involve managers at all levels in policy development and implementation to promote their buy-in. After all, they will be the ones approving flexible scheduling, reducing workplace stress, encouraging stretch and walk breaks, and boosting overall participation among employees. -- Ask executives, managers, and front-line supervisors to inspire employees by sharing success stories, informally or formally, and visibly participating in workplace wellness campaigns.

SOURCE Health Enhancement Systems


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