Health powers everything else

Paul Nolan

Full disclosure: The closest I’ve ever been to holding a true sales job was peddling the Denver Post around my neighborhood (literally) as a teen-ager. Thus, my role as editor of this magazine for more than 15 years has been finding sales and marketing professionals who will share their insights with our readers, whether that’s through an article they write themselves or an interview with me.

In this issue, however, our cover story focuses on something I do have firsthand knowledge of. In fact, we all do.

There’s plenty of science behind the connection between sleep and productivity, a good diet and better time management, or exercise and a positive mindset. If you enjoy science (me, not so much), you can hop on the Internet and go down a lot of rabbit holes.

While I enjoyed the research for this cover feature, most of what I need to know about doing well by taking steps to feel well comes through daily experience. It’s quite simple: If I skip my Tuesday spin class, I feel less enthusiastic about Wednesday. If I skip Thursday’s class, then “TGIF” stands for “tired, grouchy, incorrigible and frustrated.”

Whether you love your job or you do it for the paychecks, whether you are a manager or a minion, it’s a safe bet you will be happier all day long if you focus at least a little bit on your health. That’s why companies feel there is substantial ROI to investing in their workers’ well-being.

As we heard from many of those we spoke with for our cover package, the focus on health must be holistic. Mental health is as important as physical. An emerging trend is helping workers improve their financial health. Because personal finances are among the biggest stressors in life, more and more companies are incorporating financial consulting into their benefits packages.

The message that comes through from all of those who proselytize about workplace well-being is that workers are human. They bring their whole selves to their jobs every day. Forward-thinking employers understand this. It’s not about asking workers to turn off the rest of their lives while they perform their jobs; it’s about helping them be healthier, happier and more productive.

Helping workers stay healthy is just good business.