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Business Review - Top-Down Wellness

In order to achieve high levels of productivity for employees, it is crucial to create a healthy working environment. Ted Kitterman shares the role that leadership plays in the wellness of employees.

RESEARCH SHOWS UNHEALTHY AND BURNTOUT WORKERS ARE LESS ENGAGED AT WORK AND NOT AS PRODUCTIVE. TED KITTERMAN, EDITOR AND WRITER FOR REAGAN COMMUNICATIONS, EXPLAINS WHY WORKPLACE WELLNESS ISSUES, ARE ACTUALLY LEADERSHIP ISSUE.

Leaders play a huge role in this in part they set culture, they drive so much of what an organization does and set so many expectations that we know that really leaders are the number one ingredient in workplace wellness. If you have employees in your organization that are burnt out, that are not sleeping, that are not getting exercise or using tobacco or leading unhealthy lifestyles, there's a high probability that ties back to actions that leadership is taking.

ACCORDING TO MILITARY AND UNIVERSITY OF OREGON RESEARCH, LEADERSHIP THAT PROMOTES HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND LIFESTYLES IS A KEY TO EMPLOYEES' SUCCESS IN LEADING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AT WORK.

So the three action items that employers can take in order to offer their employees a more meaningful and healthy work experiences to make sure that their workload is manageable, make sure that they have flexibility around important life events and other outside obligations, and making sure that they have some sense of control over their work. By following these models and looking to intervene early in the process where we can have the most return on investment for those workplace wellness initiatives that show real results for the organization, that's where the magic is.

THE BUSINESS REVIEW IS A PRODUCTION OF LIVINGSTON AND MCKAY AND THE HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

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C.J. Jackson drives on sunshine and thrives on family, NPR and PBS. She is the assistant dean of communications and marketing at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and host of public radio’s “Business Review.” Previously, she was director of marketing communications for a large, multinational corporation. C.J. has two daughters—Bri in San Antonio and Devon in Chicago—and four grandchildren. She lives with a little yellow cat named for an ancient Hawaiian tripping weapon.