Three Top Books for Employee Wellness

A guest blog courtesy of Jack W. Bruce.

When it comes to Employee Wellness there are three books I readily recommend.

Zero Trends, Health as a Serious Economic Strategy by Dee Edington. Zero Trends is the first book that comes to mind whenever I desire to help a CEO or CFO understand the value of employee wellness. Edington, via research through the University of Michigan, convincingly illustrates how effective employee wellness impacts the goals of the organization. He asserts that improved health status will not only reduce healthcare cost for companies, but also increase performance and productivity. Employers seriously seeking long-term solutions for managing healthcare cost in their organization will want to pick up a copy of Zero Trends.

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harper.  While Wellness is generally understood to refer to physical health, well-being encompasses total health. Rath and Harper’s Wellbeing is the best resource I have found on well-being. Their research focuses on five essential areas of well-being: Career, Social, Financial, Physical and Community. Not only does this book provide practical guidance on increasing personal well-being, it also provides Gallup’s research for those who want to understand the data behind the practical application.

The Daniel Plan, 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman. The authors of the Daniel Plan bring wellness and well-being full-circle. Not only is there useful instruction on physical health, but the authors take well-being to its completion by showing the importance of spiritual fitness and by illustrating how a life of faith helps us to achieve holistic health. Though written from a distinctively Christian perspective, the book is valuable for anyone desiring to understand the role of faith in their health.

Want more? If after reading these three, you still want more, I recommend the following:

The Company that Solved Healthcare by John Torinus, Jr.

Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer by Dan Beuttner

Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way by Dan Beuttner


Written by Jack Bruce, SHRM-SCP, SPHR. You can find more information and his blog here:

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