Why This World Needs Chief Wellness Officers in 2020


Workplace wellness is something we can no longer afford to ignore. It has become an issue of not only public health but moral imperative. With 75% of Americans experiencing burnout there is a direct correlation to issues of productivity, morale, and even premature death. Culture shifts are imperative to support environments so employees and their leadership can thrive. However, if there is not a concerted focus on well-being from the executive level dramatic changes will not occur. Placing Wellness in the C-suite is the next practical action step to the mitigation and progression of workplace wellness.


The appointment of a CWO will establish a symbolic and practical well-being on a level of importance that equal to that of quality information, data and leadership that directly impacts the sustainability and success of an organization. This position would be best served as a strategic leader and anger of change in driving systemic transformations. Ideally the CWO would simnifically impact the success of organizational culture, success and stakeholder outcomes.

The return on such an investment is well documented. The effects can increase productivity, quality of work, and reduced turnover in corporate organizations, hospitals, and academic institutions alike. The CWO should champion the creation of programs, meta-leadership, and progress. They should challenge the C-Suite and fight for budgetary line items to promote a healthy workplace culture and climate. There is no better time to start this conversation than 2020.


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