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Creating a “Culture of Health” for Employee Satisfaction

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 7th, 2016

A “culture of health” is something that most employers desire, but often lack in their workplaces.

A poll by Optum, a health care technology consultancy, found that while 64 percent of large employers say that creating a culture of health (COH) in the workplace is a top priority, only 19 percent admit to having succeeded in creating an environment in which employees “have the resources, tools and a support system that empowers and motivates them to take responsibility for their own health.”

The survey asked benefit professionals at 545 U.S. companies to rate their workplace’s culture of health on a scale of 1 to 7.

culture of health The most easily-identifiable difference between the two groups was the number of wellness programs. Employers with high ratings offered an average of 10 wellness and health management programs, compared to seven for those with lower ratings. Similarly, nearly half of those with high ratings had offered such programs for at least five years, compared with only a quarter of low-ranking companies.

While 56 percent of COH employers report that their wellness programs led to higher employee satisfaction, only 15 percent of non-COH employers believe the same is true for their wellness initiatives.

To learn how to create a wellness program to boost employee health and satisfaction, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

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