Corporate wellness efforts adapt as firms pursue 'culture of health'
By Shelby Livingston
From Business Insurance on Sunday, March 13, 2016
“It's viewed as more of an underlying success factor or something that enables a really effective workplace health improvement program,” said LuAnn Heinen, vice president of workforce well-being, productivity and human capital at the Washington-based National Business Group on Health.
Still, “the culture piece is very difficult to pin down,” Ms. Heinen said.
It's also something that does not yet exist for most employers. According to a study earlier this year by the NBGH and Aon Hewitt, just 29% of employees characterized their work environment as having a strong culture of health, up from 24% in 2014.
“The culture piece is where the employee feels supported and enabled. So the food is healthy, there's access to the gym and things enable the employee to do what they want to do — to do what they can do to support their health,” Ms. Heinen said.
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