If you’re anything like me, when you drive over the Piscataqua River after being away
from Maine, you feel at ease to be home again and read the welcoming words and
think, “Maine really is the way life should be.” We all have our reasons for living and
working in Maine and we each have our own sense of pride about our beloved state.
With that pride, comes a responsibility to improve lives and communities for our loved
ones and neighbors. What that looks like for each of us personally may be different, but
the end result is the same: To make Maine the best place to live, work and play.
Among other things, my sense of responsibility revolves around health and wellness.
Not only do I want my family to live healthy, productive lives, but I want that for my
friends, neighbors and colleagues as well. The following fact is one that you’re likely
keenly aware of, but somehow seems more shocking in print: After we graduate from
high school or college, we spend the bulk of our waking hours at work. As a human
resources and workplace health professional, this fact is not taken lightly, but is an
opportunity. This is why it is essential for business owners and managers to create a
workplace culture and environment that ensures employees are as happy, healthy and
productive as possible.
How does an employer achieve a healthy, happy and productive workforce? The
answer varies across employers and industries and may depend on the size of a
business, but in essence comes down to a variety of benefits offered to employees.
These benefits include compensation, retirement, professional development,
opportunities for advancement, work-life balance, positive culture and health and
wellness. This blog will focus primarily on workplace health and wellness, but will also
address culture, work-life balance and how employers can make changes to ensure that
they are truly maximizing the potential of their human capital.
There are many reasons why the Maine economy lags behind other New England
states and the nation. Integral in all of the typically presented factors such as taxes,
transportation, infrastructure, energy and a trained workforce, is the health of our
workforce. Without a healthy workforce and communities that support healthy living,
Maine will struggle to compete with other states as an attractive place to do business.
Helping our employees and their families to have good health not only makes good
business sense and will help the Maine economy, but is also the right thing to do. Join
me as we explore the great work that is already happening here in Maine and look at
new ways to help businesses become well workplaces.