An Ounce of Prevention..
Benjamin Franklin was fond of the aphorism “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Few concepts are more pertinent to benefits administration, employee wellness, and overall success in the workplace. Wellness begins not with the cure, but with prevention – this includes a number of activities or behaviors that many may take for granted. Walking regularly, using the stairs in lieu of the elevator, standing up for a least a few minutes of each hour seated, staying away from soda, beer, and fried foods, and stretching regularly can all contribute to increased lifespan and increased quality of life. And best of all, these are all behaviors that can be encouraged by employers with little effort and substantial potential gain (on both ends). Wellness initiatives in the workplace are undoubtedly a win-win situation.