Why Employee Health And Wellness Needs To Become A Critical Leadership Priority

One key to succeeding at leadership is creating a workplace environment that empowers employees to commit their best efforts. To that end, shouldn’t leaders also be looking at measures to improve employee health and wellness to help attract and retain employees? That’s the focus of my conversation with Virgin Pulse CEO David Osborne in this latest episode of my podcast, “Leadership Biz Cafe”.

As CEO of the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health and well-being provider, David is responsible for optimizing and scaling Virgin Pulse as the company continues an aggressive growth strategy. He is responsible for setting and actualizing the company’s vision – solving the most critical and complex health and well-being challenges faced by employers and employees.

David joined Virgin Pulse as chief operating officer in 2016, following the company’s acquisitions of GCC and ShapeUp. As CEO, he has accelerated Virgin Pulse’s growth and expansion, with several successful mergers and acquisitions, all aimed at simplifying and improving the health and well-being journey.

Over the course of this episode, David and I discuss:

  • Why leaders need to make employee health and wellness a key leadership focus – and why this strategy can actually improve your organization’s profitability.
  • What a recent study reveals as 4 critical steps organizations need to take to establish and sustain health and wellness as a key organizational value and an integral part of an organization’s culture.
  • How leaders can ensure their efforts are successful in promoting health and wellness in their organization.
  • The connection behavioural science has shown between taking little steps and changing behaviours and how this can help drive employee health and wellness initiatives.

If you’d like to check out previous episodes of my show, check out my podcast page where you can also find links to subscribe to my show on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio, as well as links to the show notes for every episode.

And if you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your colleagues, your team and even your boss so that others in your organization can benefit from these insights.

Without question, David is a seasoned and successful CEO having overseen the mergers and acquisitions of over 7 companies at Virgin Pulse. So it’s certainly worth taking a half an hour of your time to learn from him why employee health and wellness is fast becoming a critical leadership priority.


Tanveer Naseer is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed leadership writer and keynote speaker. He is also the Principal and Founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership coaching firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to guide organizational growth and development. Tanveer’s writings and insights on leadership and workplace interactions have been featured in a number of prominent media and organization publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, Canada’s national newspaper “The Globe and Mail”, The Economist Executive Education Navigator, and the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.

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