No one wants to be told what they are doing wrong, even if the intention behind the criticism is to help them out. Criticism always feels like it puts you in an inferior position. It demolishes your ego.
And everyone needs an ego so that they can continue to function in their lives. An ego might seem like a bad thing at times (like when you call a person egoistic), but there are times when it can be equated with healthy self-esteem. Since a person's weight or level of fitness is intricately bound up with their ego, you need to be sensitive when speaking to people about corporate wellness.
Weight and fitness are particularly sensitive topics, as a result of which most people just tend to avoid them. You might think that there's no real reason why you should address the issue of weight with one of your employees. As long as they're doing a good job, the way they choose to live in terms of fitness and nutrition is their business, right?
As a matter of fact, there are many compelling reasons why you should address this issue with your employees. And more and more companies understand the importance of corporate wellness and encouraging it to their employees.
For all these reasons, it's a good idea to address the issue of corporate wellness with your employees.
Most people consider their weight to be an intrinsic part of themselves. This is because society tells us that we're defined by the level of our attractiveness. And being a certain weight can make you more or less attractive to the opposite sex. At least, this is what most people believe.
So how do you address the issue of corporate wellness with someone who is conventionally considered "overweight"? Doesn't it seem terribly insensitive? Aren't they going to react by feeling hurt and angry?
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