Linking Employee and Organizational Health
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen
Chapter 9: Practical approaches to health improvement in corporate wellness programs
The wealth of business depends on the health of workers. (Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization) Efforts to address poor health, rising healthcare costs, and chronic health conditions for today’s workforce often involves expense management and cost shifting. Today more and more companies are addressing the poor health of their workers through efforts of prevention and wellness with the expectation that investments in a healthy workforce will drive behavior change for employees and family members. Workplace health and wellness programs can result in impactful change, improved quality of life and productivity, as well as create a healthy culture. This chapter provides a review of the business case for employee health, practical approaches to health improvement, key components of a corporate wellness program and a case study demonstrating best practices in employee health improvement.
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