The CEO is also the Chief Wellness Officer

There’s no question that the chief executive officer has many important responsibilities.  But, one of those responsibilities that is becoming more important to the productivity and profitability of your organization is the role of chief wellness officer.

What exactly is a chief wellness officer? The 10,000 Days Foundation defines a chief wellness officer as the individual who is responsible for the personal growth and professional engagement of employees in the workplace. It requires leadership and skill.

We are not talking about the health and physical wellness of employees although that’s important. Rather, a chief wellness officer is concerned with the mental and spiritual development of employees because these are the two areas that influence a person’s productivity, commitment to their job, teamwork and adherence to the core values of your organization. It’s so much more than training or human resources. It’s really about rejuvenation and reconnecting people to the workplace.

During The 10,000 Days Foundation’s Life Balance Retreats, we emphasize the importance of commitment to the workplace because a person’s legacy is often defined by their work and career. For someone to have a rewarding career and work experience is critical to the individual’s sense of pride, self-worth, and shaping their legacy.

A disturbing statistic recently cited by the Gallup organization is that 8 out of 10 people are unhappy with their jobs. If this statement is accurate, it speaks to the uphill challenge many CEOs face in trying to re-energize and rejuvenate their employees to be more productive and more committed to the core values and goals of the organization.

While there is no single remedy, The 10,000 Days Foundation has experienced a high degree of success in helping managers and employees, who feel under-appreciated at work — especially those over 50 years old — find ways to rediscover the joy of work and have a rewarding and satisfying career.  After all, life is about so much more than simply one’s work or job title.

While work is very important, the most productive employees are those who have created balance in their lives by addressing the eight elements represented in our “Wheel of Life” assessment. Those eight elements are: Environment, Relationships, Wellness, Career, Romance, Fun & Recreation, Money and Legacy.

This is what we focus on during our Life Balance Retreats. In the process, we help attendees discover what’s really important to them and how to set realistic goals to achieve their desired outcomes.

The CEO cannot do it all. He or she needs a talented team of professionals — internally and externally — who can help them advance their vision, reinforce their core values, and re-engage their employees so the organization is successful and the employees are fulfilled.

The 10,000 Days Life Balance Retreats are one powerful tool a chief wellness officer can use to create more productive and committed employees. For more information, visit their website at:

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