I get asked all the time to share examples of companies that really showcase what a “healthy” company should look like. In almost the same breath I’m asked for examples that prove that investments in employee health are a business-savvy investment. There are many studies out there that look at large epidemiological data sets and health records, but I find that sometimes the best way to really understand how a healthy company works is to peek inside one for yourself and hear what employees have to say.
The Better Life Lab (led by Brigid Schulte) at New America encouraged me to do a little investigative reporting and dig into the culture, engagement and health strategies at The Breakers, a resort in Palm Beach, Florida. I interviewed Denise Bober, vice president of human resources, an assistant director of food and beverage, a manager of one of their restaurants and an assistant director of housekeeping. They were all extremely forthcoming, candid, and in their own way, inspirational.
The Breakers is an impressive organization and they share many important lessons for all of us trying to figure out how to balance work and life. They make a fantastic business case for why companies should invest in their people. They also doing really well (financially) by doing good. Click on the link below, tell me what you think, and please let me know of other organizations that are figuring out how to balance health, engagement and profitability. We need more of these stories out there.
Leigh Stringer is a workplace strategy expert and researcher. She works for EYP, an architecture and engineering firm and is the author of The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.