Is Your Work Environment a Culture of Health?

Although changing the culture is not easy, it is something that can be under the control of the management. Change the culture must be a part of your overall strategy. To achieve a culture of wellness, the first step requires defining what specific goals you want to accomplish. You will need to define and describe your healthy culture. How will changing to a culture of wellness affect productivity, performance, and cost? You should include in your cost model the financial impact of medical care, disability, illness, absenteeism, treatment, worker compensation, health claims, health insurance cost, and turnovers.

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Is Your Culture of Health part of your strategic plan?

Has senior leadership adopted a Culture of Health as part of their ongoing strategy? Do you have an effective cost containment strategy? When answering this question, think about how senior leadership participates and drives engagement.

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How would you rate the healthiness of your overall culture?

When answering this question, you should consider your numbers. Are you where you want to be? Is there little room for improvement or do you have a long way to go? How would your culture compare with industry standards in absenteeism, accidents, and more?

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How is your wellness program changing your culture?

Is your program effective? When answering this question, consider your levels of engagement and change. Can you see and measure increase in productivity and decrease in disability? Do you believe you have cost control?

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What impact does absenteeism stemming from having an unhealthy culture have on your performance?

Absenteeism is easy to identify and it will have a direct impact on performance. When answering this question, consider if you could lower your absenteeism, how would it impact your bottom-line. You should also consider the level in your organization and its impact on absenteeism.

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How has presenteeism impacted your productivity?

Presenteeism is the time that employees are at work, but not into their work. Individuals may lack focus because they aren’t feeling up to par and/or because they are stressed. When answering this question, consider the levels of goal achievement and overall performance.

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Do you believe your vendors that support your culture of health are the best in class, or are their politics involved?

In some cases, organizations commit to vendors because of relationships. Vendors are an essential part of your culture, as they can provide tools that can help you achieve your goals. When answering this question, consider your level of vendor support related to your Culture of Health. Are they the best in class, with a proven track record?

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Are you comfortable in calculating all costs associated with an unhealthy culture?

The main way to know that your health culture is effective is by knowing your number. Do you have the data necessary to calculate your costs? Do you have cost models that give you the cost of the following:

  • Absenteeism
  • Presenteeism
  • Cost of Care
  • Disability and Workers’ Compensation
  • Healthcare Cost

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Do you believe you have control of your cost associated with the health of your culture?

Healthcare costs are typically in the top two expense items for companies. Some leadership teams accept the status quo. Others will do whatever they can to get control of these cost. Knowing and having control of these cost is one of the best measurements for your culture of health. Do you have a plan for cost control? Are your health insurance costs on par or lower than industry average?

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How much has your healthcare insurance cost increased compared to your industry average?

When answering this question, you should be confident with your response, because you have the numbers.

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Is your team engaged in your culture of health?

Team engagement is measured by participation. What is your percentage of participation? It’s difficult to achieve 100% engagement, but finding ways to improve participation must be a part of your ongoing strategy.

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