Well-Being at Work: Finding the Human Side of Wellness

When Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini encountered a cesspool operator with an eye infection, he had an “aha” moment. He recognized that there is a connection between what we do for a living and our health. An important revelation, indeed! Ramazzini went on to write A Treatise on the Diseases of Tradesmen, signaling the founding of occupational medicine in the Western world in 1700,1, 2 and, arguably, the dawn of the corporate wellness program.

Today, 70 percent of U.S. employers offer some kind of wellness program.3 The so-called wellness industry itself is pretty healthy, humming along to the tune of $8 billion a year.4

The typical motivation behind these programs is not a mystery. ...

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