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The Case for Wellness Leadership

Associations can do more to support their staff

Who's in charge of wellness at your organization?

Quite likely, the answer is “nobody”—or it’s an HR department that’s been asked to take on matters of DEI, office arrangements, and health-plan adjustments on top of its usual administrative duties. Plenty of evidence emerged during the pandemic that employee well-being plays a crucial role in engagement and retention, and that workers don’t easily wall off their personal concerns when they’re at the office. But the org chart has been slow to reflect that point.

That is changing somewhat: A recent report in Fortune magazine spotlights the growing number of companies that have created a chief wellness officer position: AT&T, EY, Aon, Delta and more have stood up new C-suite wellness roles, or adjusted top positions to include wellness responsibilities.

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