Corporate/ Organization Services

Employee Lifestyle Coaching – What’s Your Why?

Everyone wants to have a healthy lifestyle. But for many people, particularly your highest risk population, change can be very difficult. Most have unsuccessfully tried many times and may feel they are incapable of change, do not value themselves enough or just don’t know why they don’t succeed. It’s easy to put blinders up and not pay attention until they are faced with lifestyle related chronic illness like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. “What’s Your Why” Coaching philosophy does not focus on what to do to have a healthy lifestyle rather help them to figure out why they have not been successful in the past.

The 6 Stages of Change

In the theory of behavior change, researchers use what’s considered the “6 Stages of Change.” Typical Wellness or Health Coaching will focus on the “action” stages by giving employees guidance on what to do to improve their health and wellness. This type of coaching is effective for some of the population, but often unsuccessful whennot mentally ready to change actions. “What’s Your Why?” Lifestyle Coaching focuses on the initial two stages (pre-contemplation and contemplation), that are often under-emphasized. Your “whys” are often roadblocks that, if not dealt with, often lead to behavior change “relapse.”The population in this category is most likely your highest risk employees.



Effective Lifestyle Coaching “treats” chronic lifestyle-related conditions (or risks) with the most successful and least costly medication -self-care. The transformations can be impressive. Success stories include lifestyle changes that led to:

  • Cancelled bariatric surgery
  • Elimination of the need for Type 2 Diabetes medication
  • Reduced fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Increased EAP usage by employees

How do you help the unwilling?

Most employees do not understand the nature of Coaching, and assume they will just be told what to do. Once they understand and experiencethe coaching program, even the most unlikely candidates voluntarily participate in Coaching on their own. In addition, many companies create incentives for employees through the Wellness Program Plan Design.