I ran into an old friend about a week ago. She was excited and happy to see me. We were all chatty and excited as any reunited old friends would be.
Over some drinks half an hour later, we caught up on a lot that’s happened since we last met and equally joked about some old memories.
But with all her happy-and-excited-to-see-you countenance, I was able to detect a few lines of worry that kept appearing on her face.
I didn’t know what to do.
Should I ask her and possibly hit a nerve or a sore spot?
Would I be able to handle it?
I mean she was obviously doing her best to be her usual happy and chatty self. So whatever it was that she was hiding was quite weighty.
Before long, the always-concerned and ever-ready-to-help person in me took the better of me. Her worried look transferred to me – I couldn’t hold it in anymore.
“What’s wrong, Ann?” I blurted out.
“There’s something on your mind, right?”
Her response confirmed my suspicion. The forced bright and excited look on her face dissipated faster than I could blink, giving way to a gloomy and sad one.
“You know you can tell me anything. I’ll do my best to help.”
“Iheoma, my boss is sick! He has Type II Diabetes” she blurted. “I don’t know what would become of me if anything happens to him.”
I couldn’t believe my ears. Ann has always had high moral standards. I wouldn’t believe it if anyone told me that she was having an affair with her married boss.
She must have seen the expression on my face and read my thoughts which made her to put me clear immediately.
“Oh no, I meant my job. I mean, if anything happened to my boss, I’d have a major job threat – and if I’m out of job – I wouldn’t know what would become of me and my family.”
“Oh… I’m sorry about that” I apologized, chastising myself for being quick to judge her.
But that got me thinking: employees are concerned about the health status of their bosses.
Well, why wouldn’t they be? Having a secure and paying job is priceless. A new CEO could mean severe structural and organizational changes in the organization – and many people could lose their jobs in the process https://ideasplusbusiness.com/online-cv-assessment-tools/
In my friend, Ann’s case, she was the CEO’s P.A. With the man gone, her job would be hanging on a thin rope.
Studies have shown that heart attacks cause 60% of CEO deaths. Does this mean that CEOs, with all their wealth, have no interest in their health?
I don’t think so.
Most CEOs get so lost in the struggles of building and growing their business that they forget that they actually need to be healthy to enjoy their wealth.
CEOs spend their working-hours multitasking. They make decisions in matters such as legal issues, human resource issues, new products, marketing strategies, etc.
Let’s not forget that some of these matters are urgent and so, demand an immediate response – responses that must be right for the business.
So all these decisions, as well as so many other responsibilities of the CEO, must be executed with the organization’s vision in sight. A wrong step costs the business a lot: reputation, authority, clientele, and consequently, money.
At the end of the day when the work day is over, and the dust settles, all the hustle and bustle that characterize a CEO’s day, distill and form a health threat:
Each passing day, more drops of this health enemy distill into the CEO’s body system and soon, if he does nothing to fight it, he falls sick.
What happens next?
Your guess is as good as mine. The CEO is struck down.
And all the ensuing action is like the effect the cries and clucking of a dying chicken has on its mates.
In a typical African home, celebrations are often marked by the killing of a chicken – sometimes, two or three. As soon as the knife starts cutting the neck of the selected chicken, it starts to make desperate cries and struggles for its life.
This alerts all other chickens in the environment and neighborhood.
They panic. Some run away in fear of their seemingly impending fate, while others begin to make a sympathy-cry for their dying mate.
Some neighbors will immediately come over, hoping to get a share.
When you joke with your health, you’re putting your business in jeopardy. Like my friend, Ann, your employees will panic and worry in fear of their unknown fate.
Your competition will sympathize but will strategise on how they could maximize the opportunity presented by your unfortunate circumstance.
And just like a graveyard, the atmosphere in your business will be gloomy and quiet.
You get the best healthcare to ensure you come back – and if you’re lucky – your body will fight back and win. But then you’d have gone through a near-death experience, sending panic and worry across family and employees.
No business owner wants to have to go through this, I’m sure.
As a business owner, there are so many reasons why you need to be healthy– for yourself – and your business.