Presidential Honor Award Finally Comes to Atlanta
ATLANTA, May 21, 2020 – Company X’s CEO, Mr. Andrew Moore, is set to receive a Presidential Honor Award in recognition for promoting employees fitness and wellbeing on 25th May 2020 at the White House, Washington DC.
It is with great pleasure that company X announces the feat achieved by its CEO. Mr. Moore was nominated by the mayor of Atlanta city having noted the change in health lifestyle of company X’s employees and the city of Atlanta at large. The award comes after much consideration by the President’s Council of Fitness on each nominee’s impact towards promoting health of employees. Since its inception, Mr. Andrew will be the 33rd recipient to receive a Presidential Honorary Award, but the first of its kind in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Moore believes in the importance of health for optimal performance at workplace. He could not hide his excitement upon receiving the good news. He said, “Health is wealth. A company that realizes the potential of healthy employees not only optimizes its working environment but also boosts its brand performance. Furthermore, employees give us their loyalty and labor services, therefore, providing optimal conditions for their health; both physical and mental is our everyday priority. As a company, we owe them that much.”
For a long time, the company has struggled with declining employees’ productivity. Moreover, the rate of workers’ turnover, absenteeism and health costs has increased annually. Various studies carried out in the past show an inverse relationship between the cost of an unhealthy lifestyle and employees’ productivity. For instance, in 2009, the study findings by California Center for Public Health revealed that businesses loose approximately $12.3 billion due to physical inactivity.1 Therefore the need to incorporate healthy lifestyle is essential to motivate employees, and consequently improve the working environment.
The change to healthy work was initiated when Mr. Moore stepped into office in the year 2010. He organized health seminars to educate all employees on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. However, information alone does little to bring about a lasting impact on employees’ wellbeing. Per the survey results by SHRM foundation, 41% against 34% of managers agree that employers have a responsibility to play in their employees’ healthy lifestyle choices.2 I could not agree more. Later, a monthly interdepartmental sports day was introduced in the company. This approach has motivated our employees to work on their physical fitness. In addition, the management has opened a gym to ensure ease of access, and minimize membership cost. The health fitness center has benefitted the entire Fairlie-Poplar district.
Mr. Moore has not concentrated on employees’ physical health alone; instead he normalized conversations about mental health too. The company’s employees can now openly talk about their mental health and activities that stress them at workplace. By creating awareness on practices that influence mental health, any organization can proactively create a stress-free working environment.3 For example; Mr. Moore observed that junior employees feared taking lunch breaks, so as to meet the strict deadlines set by senior staff. Therefore, he introducing a compulsory lunch break to all, and stopped the preferential treatment, according to an employee’s rank, at the company’s cafeteria. The changes have resulted in a positive working culture among all employees. Moreover, the rate of absenteeism has drastically reduced. Such an approach has created a flexible working environment and improved on communication among employees.
The wellbeing of employees impacts a huge percentage of a company’s brand. It affects an organization’s culture, processes and external output. Thus, to improve on customers’ retention rate, and harness market share, employees’ health must be the uttermost priority in an organization.
- Health Advocate. (n.d). Guide to workplace wellness. http://www.healthadvocate.com/downloads/whitepapers/WorkplacewellnessGuide.pdf
- Chenoweth, D. (n.d) Promoting employee well-being: wellness strategies to improve health performance and the bottom line. https://www.shrm.org/foundation/ourwork/initiatives/the-aging-workforce/Documents/Promoting%2520Employee%2520Well-Being.pdf
- (2019). Resource 3: How to promote wellbeing and tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems. https://firstthingsfirst966.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/howtopromotewellbeingfinal.pdf