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Institute for Health and Productivity Studies

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Employees as “Family”

Turck Inc., an international manufacturer of industrial automation technology located in Plymouth, MN, employs about 500 workers in the U.S. and about 2,500 worldwide. Grounded in the company is the principle that an employer has a responsibility to look after workers’ health and well-being and serve as a good corporate citizen in the community where the company is based. Workers are not simply employees of the firm; they are part of a large family and therefore need to be treated with respect and dignity....Read More

Creating Cultures of Health in Small Manufacturing Companies

         In December 2013, my team and I traveled to companies throughout the United States to see firsthand how employers have instituted cultures of health within their organizations in order to improve the health and well-being of their workers. The conventional wisdom holds that large employers (those with many resources and large staff) can readily put workplace health promotion programs in place, but small employers, especially manufacturing companies, have a hard time doing so. It turns out that small manufacturers can, and do, have effective programs....Read More

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Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Yes, But it Depends…

*Originally posted by Naomi Freundlich on her Reforming Health blog on September 18, 2014

There’s been a lot of controversy recently about workplace wellness programs: Do they save money for employers on healthcare costs? Can they produce measurable benefits for employee health? Do they unfairly punish people who are unable to participate? Are these programs just a ploy to shift medical costs to unhealthy employees?...Read More

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Introduction to the “Promoting Healthy Workplaces” Project

 

What if employers recognized that the health of their workers is vital to the success of the business and made determined efforts to create a work environment that is conducive to adopting good health habits? What if establishing a culture of health was the norm for companies, not the exception, and business leaders proclaimed that one central purpose of their organization is to have employees leave their jobs each day in better health than when they first arrived? ...Read More

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Making Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs "Work"

When businesses take stock of their employees’ health and well-being, they are often surprised by their findings: Most people are not exercising enough, a significant number are overweight and too many have risk factors—such as elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure—that can lead to heart disease, diabetes or other chronic illnesses. With an eye on curbing healthcare costs and improving workers’ health, businesses are increasingly turning to workplace health promotion (also known as wellness) programs as a way to encourage employees to exercise, eat better, quit smoking and reduce their risk factors for chronic diseases. In fact, about half of companies with 50 or more employees report that they have at least one health promotion program in place. For really large companies (more than 50,000 employees) this jumps to 90%. Despite this trend, a nagging question still remains; do wellness programs really “work”?...Read More