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Working Well in December #1

Hello my viewers,

For many years I wrote a Workplace Wellness column for a monthly magazine here in South Florida. Each month I put forth some healthy and helpful ideas for companies to consider as a tool to help keep their employees happy and healthy. Thus by reducing sick days, they increased their business output. Sometimes the messages related specifically to a certain month because of holidays and other times, they were simply generic. But in either case, the fundamental message had the purpose of bringing forth new ideas into the corporate world aimed at a positive change in the wellbeing of their workers.

So please enjoy these tips and pass them on to others at your workplace or anywhere else you choose.

Thank you for being here.

In Love, Light and Service,

MJ Handy 


CORPORATE WELLNESS COLUMN Happy Times Magazine     December 2002

TITLE: Holiday Spirit: Giving and Sharing

December is a huge month of whirlwind shopping, parties, eating and drinking. It is also a time to reflect upon the year that is about to pass, and begin to formulate a plan for the year that is about to come.

The Holiday Spirit of Giving and Sharing, described universally by Ernest Holmes says: " Unless the seed is sown it cannot bear fruit. There must be a planting time for every harvest. Those who give all receive all. Those who refuse to give limit the possibility of greater good returning to them."

Corporations usually reward their outstanding employees with bonuses and gifts for jobs well done. What would happen this year, if the bosses got together and decided to give the entire crew of employees, rather than just a few, a very special and unique gift in the form of a workplace overhaul?

Items on this gift list could include:

The walls painted with non-toxic paints, accented with primary colors.The carpeting replaced with decorative tiles or "like-wood ."Comfortable and ergonomic chairs of colors.Beautiful silk floral arrangements of colors.Old file cabinets repainted into primary colors.Waste cans, pen-file holders, and desk organizers replaced with new and colorful designs.A file room converted to a QUIET room including music.The kitchen/break room remodeled to include protein powders and blenders, protein bars, fresh fruits, a selection of hot and cold teas, super green drinks, and dried fruit snacks.A conference room turned into a playroom including pillows, toys, music, dance area, doodle boards, and small exercise tools.A shoe rack for sneakers inside with a measured and marked walking trail outside.A display rack of natural oils creating a "scent station" for enhancement and relaxation.A memorandum from the top giving permission to have personal, spiritual and religious items on a person's private work station.Massage therapist and personal counseling on site visits.Comfortable head-sets for phone users.Brown-bag lunch info-shops on a variety of topics."In-house" celebrations, parties, and events to look forward to.

As Holmes described, there must be a planting time for every harvest. So let the Corporate heads plant these above seeds in a new workplace environment, allowing unlimited possibilities of the greater good from their employees, to return unto them.