There’s no question that the chief executive officer has many important responsibilities. But, one of those responsibilities that is becoming more important to the productivity and profitability of your organization is the role of chief wellness officer.

What exactly is a chief wellness officer? The 10,000 Days Foundation defines a chief wellness officer as the individual who is responsible for the personal growth and professional engagement of employees in the workplace. It’s a position that requires seasoned leadership and great skill.

A chief wellness officer is not responsible for the health and physical wellness of employees, although that’s important. Rather, a chief wellness officer is concerned with the mental and spiritual development of employees because these are the two areas that influence a person’s productivity, commitment to their job, teamwork and adherence to the core values of your organization. It’s so much more than a job of training people or managing human resources. It’s really about rejuvenation and reconnecting people to the workplace in order to grow your business.

During The 10,000 Days Foundation’s Life Balance Retreats, we emphasize the importance of commitment to the workplace because a person’s legacy is often defined by their work and career path. For someone to have a rewarding career and work experience is critical to the individual’s sense of pride, self-worth, and shaping their legacy.

A disturbing statistic recently cited by the Gallup organization is that 8 out of 10 people are unhappy with their jobs. If this statement is accurate, it speaks to the uphill challenge many CEOs face in trying to re-energize and rejuvenate their most seasoned employees to be more productive and more committed to the core values and goals of the organization — especially those employees over the age of 50.

While there is no one quick fix that will rejuvenate your senior employees, The 10,000 Days Foundation has experienced a high degree of success in helping managers and employees over 50, who feel under-appreciated at work find ways to rediscover the joy of work and have a rewarding and satisfying career.

While work is very important, the most productive employees are those who have created balance in their lives by addressing the eight elements represented in our “Wheel of Life” assessment. Those eight elements are: Environment, Relationships, Wellness, Career, Romance, Fun & Recreation, Money and Legacy.

This is what we focus on during our Life Balance Retreats. In the process, we help attendees discover what’s really important to them and how to set realistic goals to achieve their desired outcomes.

The CEO cannot do it all. He or she needs a talented team of professionals — internally and externally — who can help them advance their vision, reinforce their core values, and re-engage their employees so the organization is successful and the employees are fulfilled.

The 10,000 Days Life Balance Retreats are one powerful tool a chief wellness officer can use to create more productive and committed employees.

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Author: Tom Hinton Since 1989, Tom Hinton has inspired, challenged, nurtured and entertained over 1,000 corporate, association, and government audiences with his dynamic speeches and interactive workshops on personal growth and professional development topics including: Life Balance, Employee Engagement, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, and Creating the High Performance Workplace. In 2006, Tom completed The Course of 10,000 Days®, a transformational personal development program that dramatically altered his perspective on how to live a life of purpose, fulfillment and happiness. Today, Tom teaches audiences how live their passion, love who they are and what they do, and create a lasting legacy. These are the very principles and practices embodied in The Course of 10,000 Days®. He continues to speak around the world to corporate audiences and facilitate public workshops on these timely issues and popular topics. Tom also serves as the chairman of The 10,000 Days Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization that focuses on personal growth and spiritual development programs for individuals and businesses. The 10,000 Days Foundation is based in San Diego, California. Much of the work performed by the 10,000 Days Foundation is devoted to helping people find their higher purpose through The Course of 10,000 Days® and creating life balance, fulfillment and abundance in their lives. Tom is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author of four books. He can be reached via email at: For more information, please visit our website at: