Corporate Wellness Initiative Examples of 2017

Corporate Wellness Initiative Examples of 2017

by Shearly (SU)

Workplace wellness has become a major business trend for Fortune 500 companies, and for good reason. The wellbeing of their employees has a dramatic, real-world effect on the health of a company’s bottom line. As companies search for ways to improve productivity, lower the incidence of sick days, and increase retention, corporate wellness initiatives are on the rise in 2017. Below is a look at what’s trending and who is doing corporate wellness right.

Corporate Wellness: Good for Employees, Good for the Bottom Line

Johnson & Johnson, an American multinational pharmaceutical, consumer goods and medical devices manufacturer, knows something about health and wellbeing. Besides producing everything from baby shampoo to Band-Aids, they have been investing in corporate wellness for over three decades.

Efrem Dlugacz, Vice President of Corporate Benefits at Johnson & Johnson, has made it a policy to support employees who are seeking to make sustainable life changes such as diet and exercise.  Efrem stated that, “The rate of heart disease at Johnson & Johnson is 41 percent below national standards, and the rate of high blood pressure is 75 percent below national standards.”

“Our focus on health and wellness among our U.S. workforce has helped reduce per-capita health-plan costs by $400 per employee per year (based on 2007 data), and has significantly improved overall employee health and productivity,” stated Efrem.

Other companies, such Cummins Inc., a leading provider of automotive parts, have been using on-site clinics to treat employees while promoting preventative care and wellness. The company is also seeking to help families manage their lifestyles to promote nutrition, lower stress, and even improve sleep. According to CEP Tom Linebarger, the company primary focuses on long-term positive outcomes.

Understanding that 75% of all chronic disease conditions can be related to lifestyle, Cummins has created a LiveWell Center that teaches employees how to cook healthy dishes, such as vegan lentil soup, while helping employees reduce the need for some medications (such as for high blood pressure) by actively encouraging exercise and prevention. It is apparently paying off, because Cummins is on track to reduce adult onset Type 2 diabetes in 10% of their employee patients in 2017.

If you are interested in establishing a corporate wellness program that really works, here is some food for thought: Start by encouraging good food choices. If you have a cafeteria and snack machines, make sure they offer delicious, healthy food options such as raw almonds, or fresh fruits and vegetables (and sell them at a discount to make them more affordable). Don’t have a cafeteria? No problem. Create a list of local healthy food vendors who are either close by or deliver.

You can also coordinate walking groups, provide bike racks, and promote daily meditation and mindfulness. By encouraging walking and biking, or promoting walking meetings where people group up to walk and talk, you can boost employee mental and physical health. By putting employee health first, you can boost productivity, cut down lost time, and promote company growth, too.

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