Problems in the workplace are a real concern, and ways to encourage employees to become healthier have continued to be a hot topic, even in these tough economic times. Why do companies continue to invest in health initiatives? Part of the reason is to make the company itself more productive: healthy employees use less sick days, are more engaged and efficient when at work, leading to higher productivity. And part of it must also be recognized as the desire to cultivate a good work atmosphere which will attract better talent and help retain employees.
How real is the health crisis in American companies today? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of workers reported their jobs as moderately to severely stressful in a survey conducted by Northwestern National Life, and 25 percent reported often feeling burned out in a survey conducted by the Families and Work Institute.
"The trend is now clear," said Randy Johnson, senior vice president for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits for the U.S. Chamber. "Workplace wellness programs are now front and center in becoming another tool by which employers can help control health care costs while improving the morale and health of their employees. While every employer is different and the form of wellness programs varies from simple to complex, developments in this area are truly a win-win for both employers and employees."
And the data bears that out - 62 percent of all companies offer some type of wellness program, according to TrendsUpdates.com. Common programs include smoking-cessation programs, stress management, weight-loss and exercise programs and nutrition education. (Per The American Institute for Preventative Medicine)
Free Programs to Use Now
So is your company/employer on a tight budget? Here are two FREE programs that you can implement easily and immediately:
- Worksite Wellness Walking Program
The Worksite Wellness Walking Program, created by the American Heart Association, encourages sedentary employees to take a walk to improve their health. Guided by information provided by the AHA, companies set up "Start! Walking" paths in the workplace and encourage employees to use them. Resource materials include a coordinators guide to implementing the program, mileage tracking tools for employees and promotional posters.
- Move and Improve
This is a worksite wellness program designed to increase physical activity for office workers. Implemented in Maine and studied by the Maine--Harvard Prevention Research Center, this free 12-week program seeks to reduce the participants' risk of obesity and chronic diseases through lifestyle changes. Participants receive a quarterly newsletter with health promotion tips, voluntarily engage in at least a half-hour of physical activity at least four days a week for at least eight weeks of the 12-week program and have access to online support.
Local Movers & Shakers- Healthiest Boston-area companies
Honored by the Boston Business Journal for their workplace wellness initiatives, we take our hats off to the following companies:
Small companies (0-99 employees)
- Borislow Insurance, Methuen
- Food Should Taste Good, Needham
- Massachusetts Hospital Association, Burlington
- Thorbahn, Norwell
Medium Companies (100-499 employees)
- Boston Apparel Group, West Bridgewater
- Cambridge Systematics, Cambridge
- Family Service Association, Fall River
- MiddleOak, Salem
Large Companies (500 plus employees)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston
- Eastern Bank, Lynn
- Genzyme, Cambridge
- IBM, Cambridge
- Alkermes, Waltham
- Deloitte, Boston
- EMD Serono, Rockland
- Raytheon Company, Waltham
- Tufts Health Plan, Watertown
So, the bottom line:
There are many ways that companies can help their employees lead healthier lives - and the positive impact can have a direct correlation to workplace productivity.
Check out what makes Google so healthy and happy
What work programs are provided at your workplace? And what others have you heard about that you wish your company would offer?
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