What would happen if an employer encouraged their employees to become more fluid. What would happen if a driven professional chose to become more fluid in their career or in life? What would it look like? My thought process brings me to endless possibilities. After some research, I became aware that cross training models exist and have been implemented in corporations with positive results. However, I am not talking about a traditional cross training program where employees are taught the responsibilities of various departments. I am talking about cross training the mind, body and spirit of an employee using techniques such as mindfulness based stress reduction, visualization, meditation, mentor coaching, holistic health counselors, food and nutritional training, physical training and so on. A training model that provides resources for a sustainable environment of optimum health for both individual and employer as a whole organism. A sustainable plan that teaches the employees a whole new way of thinking to enhance their career experience, work/life balance options, over all physical, mental and spiritual health. A plan that goes beyond the benefits of reducing risk of injury, enhancing teamwork, and promoting employee loyalty. A model that helps employees get beyond their self imposed limitations and gets them to think big and free from self doubt.
I am not endorsing that the employer foots the bill 100%. I am not proposing anything in terms of who covers what costs, at this point. I am a firm believer in personal responsibility and personal accountability. I am merely thinking out loud. What if we were to take a company’s losses, even a portion of them, that they accumulate on traditional training, discipline, absenteeism and termination procedures and apply the projected costs in the beginning of one’s employment? Apply resources to actually teach people how to balance their work/life responsibilities, eat properly and to invest in themselves for the simple fact because they are worthy of living a healthful, connected, stress-less life. Please do not mis-understand me. I am not stating that it is an employer’s responsibility to provide or teach what I am discussing here. I am asking to look at the possibilities at what a change in mindset would do. I am guessing increased loyalty, higher retention, broader pool of high end applicants and happier employees who produce more in less time because they are fulfilled in life.
Remember the sayings “we get what we pay for” and “we are what we eat?” I see larger portions of manufactured “food” for less dollars available, such as “Pick 2 for $10.” Last time I checked food prices are on the rise. Has anyone given it any thought as to why the prices are so low at fastfood joints and chain restaurants? What does this say about what we put in our bodies and what impact does it have on our over all quality of life. This is just one example of convenience out ranking healthy choices and there are plenty of examples. Why do we need convenience? Simply put, because we are so disconnected, over stimulated, exhausted and are no longer taught properly how to critically think or connect with the truth of who we are. This would all change, slowly, but surely when we embrace a training model for self enhancement, growth and optimum health.