According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, good bosses have a greater impact on wellness than actual wellness plans do.

If a wellness plan creates more hoops to jump through, and more to-dos in an already overcrowded day, then it’s a source of stress, not an alleviator of stress.

On the other hand, hundreds of studies in organizational psychology strongly suggest a positive work culture leads to better employee engagement and productivity.

Leaders who empathize, inspire and support will set the tone for entire organizations-and have healthier and more loyal employees.

The Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Emma Seppala, writes that the everyday actions of leaders have a greater impact on employee well being than any other program, no matter how well intentioned.

She cites the positive example of a Fortune 500 CEO who has a system that informs him whenever an employee suffers a major tragedy or illness.  This CEO phones the affected employee to offer support within 15 minutes of learning about the situation.

Humane organizations put human beings first, and create a healthy culture, based on tolerance, respect and kindness.

May we pursue our paths, remembering that good bosses and humane cultures value the humans inside them,

Best wishes,

Elizabeth