If your company isn't doing anything to encourage employee health
and wellbeing it's time to step up your game. A new survey shows companies with a strong “culture of health
” have health
ier, happier employees.
Wellness and health
y living programs are increasingly popular, with half of companies now offering some form of wellness support. Those with robust plans and a culture of health
are likely enabling their employees to be happier and less stressed, according to a new survey from Aon Hewitt and the National Business Group on Health.
"Many employees recognize the advantages of a health
y lifestyle, but may not have the time or motivation to take action," said Joann Hall Swenson, health
engagement leader at Aon Hewitt. "Our survey shows that organizations that foster a strong culture of health
, through leading by example and encouraging health
y activities, will cultivate a workforce that demonstrates better health
behaviors and is more actively engaged."
Employees who work in strong cultures of health
were also more likely to say they have control over their health
than those who work at companies where it is less of a priority. They were also more likely to take positive steps to improve their health
such as having an annual physical and exercising regularly.
"It is exciting to see that employees are getting the message that their employer cares about their health
and well-being and wants them to be happy and productive" said Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "Over the last several years, employers have implemented a wide range of health
promotion programs that foster strong cultures of health
because they understand that health
y employees are engaged, happy and productive."
||Companies with Strong
Cultures of Health
|Companies with Weak
Cultures of Health
|Feel they have control over their health
|Report stress has a negative impact on work
|Report general happiness
|Had an annual physical in last year
|Exercise at least three days a week
|Participated in a wellness program
Next week on HRM: The do’s and don’t’s of creating a culture of health