Consumers cannot blindly trust businesses – just recall the proverbial cases of Enron’s fudged books, Big Tobacco’s lies, or, more recently, Volkswagen’s cheating. This does not mean that more regulation is needed, though.
Carving out time and using resources to allow employees to improve their personal health not only aids in the wellness and quality of life of each individual in an organization, but also lifts the morale and environment of the workplace.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, mental health in the workplace is an important issue to consider. In most cases, depression is caused by problems outside of the office, but personal issues often influence one’s attitude at work. Depression can negatively impact an individual’s job performance, as well as the mood and productivity of coworkers.
Even though a comprehensive wellness program needs to have foundational elements such as annual health screenings or an on-site wellness clinic in which the return on investment can be easily calculated, these long-term strategies do not always result in true engagement for the majority of employees.
The Greenville Health System (GHS) has moved away from telephonic coaching and is now focusing on Care Management and Disease Management for its employees. The Care Management team works collaboratively with providers and high-risk participants to develop individualized care plans, to decrease the gaps in care and therefore, lower the health risks of those individuals.
Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset, so the investment in human capital is more than worth it. There is no question that the work environment has a strong influence on employee health. Employers can either choose to support or unwittingly sabotage their employees in their health improvement efforts.