As businesses transform by integrating psychology into the workplace, employees are becoming more motivated than ever before.
Some people view wellness in the office environment as a fad--nothing more than a soft blanket of perks aimed at keeping the entitled "participation trophy" generation happy. Others that understand the value of promoting a healthy work environment know that meditation rooms and healthy foods not only inspire employees to become their best possible selves, they also transmit organizational values and shape corporate culture.
To learn more about the importance of promoting a healthy work environment and how it helps employees reduce stress, increase productivity, and boost creativity, I sat down with CEO & Founder of mindbodygreen, Jason Wachob.
Jason shared that mindbodygreen believes that wellness is holistic and fundamental to success, "Mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and environmental wellbeing are a top priority."
"We're a mission-driven company and we're looking to change people's lives and change the world. So it's really important to me and us and a company that our office is reflective of who we are as a brand and what we stand for," Jason said.
And that much is clear. Jason and his team has designed an office space focusing on employee health and wellbeing. mindbodygreen has a meditation room complete with cushions, comfortable chairs, and Himalayan salt lamps to encourage stillness throughout the day. They have well over 100 plants decorated throughout the office and host wellness classes for employees.
Some of their more popular innovations include a healthy fridge containing an abundance of coconut water, organic coffee, biodynamic wine, Mezcal, and Kombucha, and a smoothie station for an afternoon nutrient boost. What makes their environment unique, however, is that it's not just full of perks, it's also reflective of their company's values.
"This is who we are, it's part of our DNA. How you create your environment says a lot about your company's culture, and I think there's a difference between culture and perks," Jason specified.
He continued, "A lot of the things I'm talking about can be viewed as perks, but they're also congruent with our values and engrained in our culture."
When companies take actions aligned with their values and build a work environment that's reflective of those principles, it creates an atmosphere of positivity and productivity. A true believer in taking meaningful action to hire top talent, Jason said, "As organizations grow, it doesn't matter what you say. It doesn't matter what rooms you have or what perks you have--what matters most are the values your people exhibit on a daily basis."
He shared that mindbodygreen started with four primary values: ownership, passion, work ethic, and a team player. Now that the workplace is reflective of those standards, Jason finds that employees with similar principles and interests are attracted to the company.
He stated, "People here work hard, are really passionate about wellness, are team players, take ownership, and are accountable. They also like to meditate and drink organic coffee, Kombucha, and all that stuff."
All this to say that, "Incorporating some form of wellness in the workplace makes for a better workplace," which is something that Jason knows through personal experience.
"For me, meditation is really important and keeps me sane as an Entrepreneur and CEO. Without mediation, there would have been a lot more sleepless nights along the way," he shared.
Jason indicated that no matter how smart, ambitious, and driven you are, there will be bumps in the road that challenge you personally and professionally. To help prepare you for and get you through these difficulties, Jason believes that a wellness practice is critical.
"Having something in your wellness toolkit makes you a better performer by improving how you deal with stress and adversity," Jason conveyed.
Designing a workplace that truly places employee wellbeing--mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and environmental--at the center of attention while staying true to it's value-driven origin makes mindbodygreen an ideal workplace for individuals passionate about wellness and hard work.
When asked why he put so much time, energy, and effort into employee wellbeing, Jason replied, "Well at the end of the day, I think it's important for people to be inspired." And what in inspiring conversation it was.
Jason's humility, self-awareness, and passion not only inspires me to continue refining my wellness practices, but also motivates other entrepreneurs and CEOs to start taking their environments and values more seriously.