What started out as an experiment in blogging has now become a growing community of international contributors, wellness warriors, and business professionals.
What is Human Resource Wellness? What is corporate wellness? What’s wrong with human resource management as we know it? These questions and more will be answered in this article!
How did the idea for Human Resource Wellness come about?
After university, I was inspired to use my new-found business insights to create a positive social impact. Human Resources seemed like the most direct path to begin having an impact in the lives of people.
Later I had the opportunity to write my bachelor thesis on the topic of corporate wellness programs. My continuing interests quickly spiraled into this blog: a platform upon which the concepts of HR, and maximizing human wellbeing, could be explored.
Human Resource Wellness was born.
At Human Resource Wellness, our aim is to inspire, inform, and enlighten readers in the areas of HR & Corporate Wellness, Personal Wellbeing, and Cultivating Consciousness.
Beyond that, we invite you to contribute your voice to our communal platform; sharing wisdom in our Contributor Stories series.
Human Resource Management (in the Context of a Corporation)
Alone, Human Resource Management is a cold, sterile term. Regularly accepted in the business world, it’s a concept that tends to give folks in the ‘hippie’ community (people primarily motivated by concepts like peace and love, rather than money), a shiver down their spine. Reducing humans to a resource to be managed? While common in business, others, (not only hippies) might call this an outright insult to humanity! And indeed, I believe it is a fair concern.
Systems of any kind, in which people are managed en masse, can easily lead to corruption, injustice or worse.
Large corporations have no doubt marginalized human lives, to the point where we can now all clearly imagine what is meant by the term ‘corporate slave’.
If you have some time, I would recommend watching the video below, The Corporation documentary which sheds light on some of the more cruel and inhumane practices of the modern-day corporation; practices which seem to be innate in the very definition of the institution itself.
What is Corporate Wellness?
On the other hand, corporate wellness is a recently new phenomenon, which I believe reflects a new hopeful outlook for the business world as we know it.
Corporate wellness, also known as workplace wellness and (outside the US) as corporate wellbeing, is defined as any activity or policy designed to promote health among employees of an organization. It can consist of a wide range of activities or offers, such as free health screenings, sports classes or ergonomic workplace design (more of which is described here).
Beyond these types of measures or incentives, the notion of workplace wellness has developed to include a culture of health and wellbeing within the organization.
It is important to note here that the word ‘health’ in this context does not refer merely to physical health, but to “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”; as per the definition set forth by the authoritative World Health Organization in their constitution.
There is a great change taking place, which is penetrating institutions large and small. The dissemination of knowledge facilitated by the rapid onset of the information age has forever impacted the ways people and organizations interact, conduct business, and make decisions. Old systems will simply not work anymore and must be replaced by fitting and appropriate solutions to match our dynamic times.
With a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, it’s no surprise that both consumers, as well as employees and executives, are starting to make informed decisions that lead to a more holistically thought-out and advantageous consequence for the whole. One manifestation of this development is the widespread integration of wellness models across diverse areas of business management.
At this time, the practice of corporate wellness has become established to a point where it can now be applied within non-traditional business forms, including nonprofit organizations. You can read more about wellness in nonprofits here.
So please feel free to have a look around, and acquaint yourself with the ideas mentioned above. Or contribute yourself to share the love and spread the wisdom about HR Wellness! We look forward to hearing more from you.