Two Paris business professors proposed a radical theory to improve health at work, and say that instead of pumping more money for up to $50 billion, this health industry, which is still uncertain, is concerned with what people do in their spare time to counteract the effects of their jobs, So why not look at the pressures that make these health programs attractive or necessary in the first place?
Instead of inviting staff to find calm in a scheduled yoga class, or an expensive retreat, why not reduce the workloads that lead to fatigue, anxiety, and disease?
“Are we really enhancing our smart training in the evening while we continue to endure the constant daily stress at work?” Asked Katharina Pals, associate professor of management at ASCB Europe in Paris.
The researchers say that true employee health in the workplace is a state of mind that must be baked in the company’s culture, and in business concepts. Through their experience in consulting with large companies, health in their eyes naturally arises when communication flows easily, when flexible working arrangements are real and applied, and when employees feel the support of their managers and colleagues.
Therefore, for researchers, improving the company’s health begins with creating a culture of trust that “means that co-workers interact with each other with respect, act with integrity, and that this fair process is a matter of giving”, and they add, “Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies punctuated by fear and a madness of suspicion, When this happens, creativity disappears and so does health. “
De Vries and Palazs notes that major companies such as Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and others have adopted comprehensive employee health programs, and Apple will soon open its health clinics to provide on-site medical care to employees and access to other health support treatments.
However, like other critics of these trends, researchers question this incentive, concluding that the real goal may be to keep people working at more than their potential.
The researchers’ point of view does not indicate that every health benefit is not beneficial, but these types of programs will do little to counteract the negative effects of mainly “toxic” work culture.
So it can be said that health programs speak to the wrong side of the problem. When it comes to health, only thing that employer workers need is a work culture that allows them to lead a balanced and healthy life in the first place.