Managers have a huge influence on employee
behavior. So, tying 10% of managerial salary increases to health initiatives
may increase employee wellness and motivation, researchers say.
A new study has found that engaging managers in employee
health programmes and goals may be the solution that has been missing.
‘Simple initiatives in workplace like, installing a water cooler, providing healthy snacks, encouraging work/life balance may have an impact on employee wellness.’
"Instead of focusing on individual wellness
outcomes, we propose that it would be more effective if managers were
incentivised to create healthier overall work environments with simple, easy to
implement actions such as installing a water cooler, providing healthy snacks
at meetings, and encouraging work/life balance," said Rebecca Robbins from
The study surveyed 270 adults with manager roles and
found that 68 percent supported the idea of being evaluated by their employee
"Leadership support is essential in any workplace
change, including wellness. Most employee wellness initiatives do not utilize
the power of manager leadership - this strategy is unique in that it really
taps into the manager's ability to lead their team to wellness," said
Brian Wansink from Cornell University.