Health Care and Human Resources

Creating a wellness culture

June 30, 2017
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Health care is a hot topic in today’s business world. Insurance coverage, long- and short-term disability, flex programs and wellness programs might not be the most glamorous of subjects, but they matter.

No matter what size organization you may be a part of, the topic of health care has probably surfaced. As an employer, taking the time to educate your organization on the topic of health and wellness proves you care about your employees’ wellbeing and the culture of your workplace.

How are wellness programs and company culture linked?

Any organization can implement a wellness program, but the key to success is implementing a wellness program strategically.

The purpose of a wellness program is to create a healthy culture that helps employees and businesses reach their full potential. By educating your employees on the importance of health and wellness within the workplace, the organization will ultimately benefit.

A Health Enhancement Research Organization, or HERO, study reported by the Society of Human Resources Management shows the top business priorities that are influenced by company culture, stemming from wellness programs:

  • 62 percent of respondents believe productivity is directly linked
  • 60 percent of respondents believe performance is directly linked
  • 41 percent of respondents believe employee engagement and morale are directly linked
  • 30 percent of respondents believe benefits cost reduction is directly linked
  • 29 percent of respondents believe safety is directly linked

Where do I start?

One way to initiate a successful wellness culture is to identify your long-term business goals and establish short-term milestones along the way. Your desired wellness culture should reflect your long-term business goals. Evaluate how the two intertwine, and how wellness plays a role in reaching your end goal. Go in-depth and answer the hard-hitting questions during this brainstorming process. The goal is to craft a wellness culture of which you and your employees can be proud.

What questions should I be asking?

Ask yourself and your employees, “Does your workplace support health and well-being?” (Create a focus group of employees in several different roles to receive an accurate snapshot). Be prepared for answers that cover the spectrum. If employees are not feeling supported or cared for, most likely there is a culture issue within the workplace. If this is the case, it’s essential to get to the root of the issue. If this process seems daunting, consult with a workplace wellness provider to find a reliable solution.

A few questions to ask yourself and your employees when evaluating your wellness culture include:

  • Does your culture promote your employee happiness?
  • Do you struggle with employee retention?
  • Do you have a formal wellness program in place?
  • Do employees engage in current wellness or health care initiatives?
  • Do your employees know the health care or wellness resources that are available to them?

Here’s the moral of the story: There always is room for improvement within the workplace. Look to wellness as a potential solution for your workplace woes.

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