Find out why having a strong culture of health could be important for your bottom line.
Employees who see their organizations as having a strong culture of health are happier, less stressed, and more likely to take control of their well-being than other employees.
That’s the conclusion of a new survey by Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health, and the Futures Company.
The survey findings are based on responses of more than 2,700 employees and dependents covered by large, employer-sponsored health plans. Here’s what the survey found:
- Employees who work in strong cultures of health were more likely to say they have control over their health than employees at companies where health is less of a priority.
- Employees at companies with strong cultures of health were less likely to report that stress has a negative impact on their work.
- 66 percent of employees in strong health cultures said they were “happy” or “extremely happy” with their lives compared to just 32 percent of those who worked in weak health cultures.
Factors That Contribute to Culture of Health
Many factors contribute to a strong culture of health. According to the survey results, four of these appear most influential. The sponsors of the survey say these should be strongly considered by companies looking to improve their health culture:
- Make health improvement a priority. Employers should demonstrate support of workplace initiatives that improve employee health, not only those that might save money.
- Actively encourage healthy activities during the workday. For example, allow workers to attend wellness programs during work hours, incorporate walking and standing meetings, or provide access to healthy foods.
- Lead by example. Identify senior executives who are willing to be open about their own health struggles or achievements and who would agree to share their stories.
- Recognize progress and results. Organizations should celebrate employees who have made significant health strides. Consider creating competitions with meaningful rewards to generate excitement and participation.
Keep Your Workers Healthy and Safe
Companies with strong health and safety cultures put an emphasis on employee training. And to train employees in a broad range of safety and health topics, savvy safety professionals have for years relied on the BLR® 7-Minute Safety Trainer. This essential training resource allows you to provide concise, memorable training easily and effectively in just a few minutes. Materials are ready-to-use, and each session supplies a detailed trainer’s outline as well as a handout, quiz, and quiz answers to get your points across quickly—and cost-effectively.
All told, this “trainer’s bible” contains 50 prewritten meetings covering almost every aspect of safety you’d want or need to train on, in a format designed to be taught in as little as 7 minutes. Major topics include:
—Fire safety and emergency response
—Machine guarding and lockout/tagout
—PPE use and care
—Housekeeping/slips, trips, and falls
—And dozens more
Just make as many copies as you need of the included handouts and quizzes, and you’re ready to train.
Equally important is that the program ships new meetings every quarter to respond to new and changed regulations. This service is included in the program price, which averages just over $1 a working day. In fact, this is one of BLR’s most popular safety programs.
If you’d like to personally evaluate 7-Minute Safety Trainer and see how it can build safety awareness, we’ll be happy to send it to you for 30 days on a no-cost, no-obligation trial basis. Just let us know, and we’ll arrange it.