Whatever size of business you are, large or small, putting your personal health on your business plan is vital for your business success.
Your personal health and wellbeing is NOT a PERK or a LUXURY – it’s your SECRET WEAPON for success in business
The starting point is to design a health and wellbeing strategy. What are your business goals? What do you want from your health and wellbeing strategy? Link the health benefits and outcomes to your wider business objectives, for example:
- Improved productivity – achieve your goals faster
- Reduced sick leave – if you’re a self employed or a solopreneur sick leave is probably not on your agenda, however feeling under par may lead to presenteeism i.e. you are in the business but not productive and effective
- Energy and Resilience to grow and develop your business
Before you dive in to planning it’s important to consider where you and your business are now? What are your performance gaps? How can you link them to wellbeing? An easy way of doing this is to survey your team (no matter how small) or self assess yourself if you are a solopreneur. You may wish to assess some key business areas, health markers and behaviours.
Sometimes it’s not about what you’re doing now in business but about what you’d love to do but hold back on doing. Have you ever said “I’d love to go for that new contract or develop that new service BUT I just don’t have the energy or resources. IMAGINE being super productive and having the capacity and resilience to DO MORE in your business.
Top Team Engagement
It is key that as a business leader you ‘walk the talk’ and ‘lead from the front’. You’ll be signalling to everyone in your organisation with your behaviour that you truly believe in your commitment to health and wellbeing. You’ll be giving permission to take breaks, eat well, rest and recover and most of all perform at a high level.
If you are a solopreneur, the best advice I can give you is to treat yourself like you’d treat a client – look after yourself and you’ll be able to look after your business.
Allocate Budget and Time – this is an investment
It’s difficult to put a value on great personal health until it’s not where you wish it to be. Often people in business will say “I don’t have enough time or money to do this”. You may flip this thought into “if I choose not to do this then my resource will devalue and then it is likely to cost me time and money”.
There are a wide range of wellbeing upgrades you may choose to make, some will involve investment in cash terms, some involve changes in business approaches. Yes, it’s an investment in time or money or both, but there is something you may choose to do to suit very budget.
I’ve used the following scenario to encourage people in business to invest in their health and wellbeing:
If one person in your business loses one hour every working day through low energy – what would that equate to?
E.g. 1 hour x 5 working days per week x 47 working weeks per year = 235 hours per year = 29 days (based on working 8 hours a day).
This blows my mind! Imagine everyone in your business being more productive and effective and what results
Plan of Action
When you have identified your Health and Wellbeing Goals and Outcomes the next step is to create a plan of well-being activities or programmes to enable you to deliver your strategy, over a time specific period.
There should be a golden thread of Personal Health and Wellbeing on Your Business Plan and running throughout all your business activities. With everything you do you should be asking “ does this embody my health and wellbeing objectives”?
Personal Health on Your Business Plan isn’t just a poster or a policy or a one-off workshop. It’s about championing health in the workplace, it’s about consistent and regular communication and most of all it’s about empowerment.
Empowering you and your team to engage with their personal health will create a ripple effect. That effect will be felt in their productivity, their enthusiasm, their commitment, their loyalty, and in their personal lives.
Measure and assessment of return on investment
It’s key gain to measure and assess the impact and outcomes of your health and wellbeing strategy and plans throughout the business year and adjust plans if required.
Find your Wellbeing Partners and Experts
You may need some expert help to develop your strategy, execute and deliver your plan and assess the outcomes. Choosing a wellbeing partner or expert supplier will help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals whilst you focus on your core business.
If you’d like advice on Workplace Wellbeing Programmes please get in touch with Aileen at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a Solopreneur read more about 1:1 and small group programmes https://www.thehealthheroine.com/activate-your-health-mojo/