Should HR Be Responsible For Employee Well Being?

By Jim Kirwan,

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This is a question I asked in an article back in May and it got 527 clicks! But perhaps more importantly, it got more comments and likes [75] than any other of my 76 LinkedIn articles, so far. So I think it resonated with many of you who saw it.

There is no doubt that HR are universally responsible for what I refer to as Employee and Organisation Well Being but how successful have they been? In America where I have spent most of the last 15 years, the answer is not very successful. In Ireland, if we use employee engagement figures as our yardstick, the answer seems pretty clear to me; according to Gallop 85% of Irish employees are disengaged!

Is Well Being A Poisoned Chalice?

As in America, maybe Well Being is becoming a poison chalice in Ireland too. Now, just in case anyone thinks I’m against taking Well Being initiatives, let me be clear, I’m all about helping people develop a “Sustained Healthy Lifestyle” and I believe HR have a huge opportunity to champion this! However, it’s the way this is done that I have some problems with. In response, in America I developed my signature talk FIT-CEO which I have presented on many occasions.

In Ireland, I decided to go a step further and create a Well Being and Lifestyle Conference. It’s called FIT-CEO Optimum Performance and will take place on the 30th November 2017, in The Davy Group, 49 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Early Bird Pricing

You can sign up straight away and take advantage of early bird pricing until the end of August. To do so click here.

As an added incentive to take action now, I will send all “early birds” a signed copy of my best selling book The eXercise Factor. It shows you how to “Ease into the best shape of your life regardless of your age, weight or current fitness level” and it will give you a good sense of what I mean by a Sustained Healthy Lifestyle for Everyone.


If you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss the conference over a cup of coffee, call me on 086.456.9502, email me at or simply message me here on LinkedIn.

My Motto: “You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.”

Jim Kirwan: Author, Speaker, Coach, Consultant and now Conference Host.


  Comments: 1

  1. Interesting question Jim. HR certainly have a role to play. HR need to get the right wellbeing strategy to suit their workforce, senior management need to support them and line managers need the tools and training to get it moving on the ground. This is even before we discuss individual responsibility or what role government and health insurers should have.

    What is important is that all these stakeholders are pulling in the same (and right) direction. To do this you need to gather relevant health data for a co-ordinated wellness programme.

    Like everything else in business you need good information to make informed decisions.

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