We need regulations to keep capitalism safe for the good guys – for the managers who want to pay their workers a fair wage, keep their workplaces clean, and produce safe, quality products. Unfortunately, not all do.
With the release of 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, businesses began to take a closer look at the burden of tobacco use in 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.
The Healthy Workplace Awards will recognize and celebrate Greenville’s healthiest organizations, but there are other benefits that can be derived from applying for the award, even when your company may not meet the requirements to earn an award.