Doctor as teacher
Hopefully, I’m showing a bit of a pattern here. In the first four posts of this series, I’ve emphasized a naturopathic approach to corporate wellness, through the six guiding principles of naturopathy. The one principle that has been present within my thought process so far but that hasn’t been called out explicitly is doctor as teacher.
Within naturopathic medicine, doctor as teacher means that the naturopath realizes that it is up to the patient to take charge of their own healing. Knowing this, the naturopath then works to empower and enable the patient to follow a path that will maximize that healing ability. The naturopath acts as a catalyst for the patient’s wellness revolution.
Within corporate wellness, I think this means that wellness coaches and programs should endeavor to empower the employee with knowledge and strategies to make their self-defined wellness goals happen. This seems obvious, but I think the key here is to always realize that it’s up to the employee to make these changes happen. Therefore, pragmatic and actionable information is key. To provide libraries or indexes of already available information adds no value. But if proven, time-tested and simple strategies to help the employee make incremental changes in their routines are made available, then the more likely they will actually be applied. And better yet, provide the employees a forum to share their progress, challenges and successes with their peers. A little cheering and motivation goes a long way.