December 12, 2012

The adoption of wellness in the workplace and its benefits

Since the early 70s, employers have been implementing wellness programs to make a genuine effort to improve the lifestyle of their employees. And, these programs have been proven to help the bottom line. A lean and efficient workforce and balance sheet -- what’s not to like?

Still, our push within the human capital realm needs further adoption and traction in regards to participation and that starts with the top and trickles down. Some industry statistics show that the efforts stall nearly 60 to 70 percent of participation. Frankly, that’s not good enough.

And it’s a shame. As an HR leader at your concern, have you asked yourself, “What can enhance productivity in the workplace and give a company one leg up on the competition?” With annual health care costs on the rise, the new hurdles (and opportunities) presented by the Affordable Care Act, companies both big and small will benefit when they provide their employees with a comprehensive plan that’s sole mission is to achieve a healthier lifestyle. 

How do we get started?

Accelerating improvement and performance in wellness requires a new level of thinking and we want to find and celebrate those that are accomplishing this task. To that end, our firm and the esteemed Dee Edington Ph.D. have joined forces to help shine the spotlight on wellness just a little brighter. Last month, we announced the 2013 Edington Next Practice Awards, co-sponsored by CBIZ and Edington Associates to commemorate those who are doing it right.    

We want to break through the “wellness wall” and find the visionaries who are making great strides with their own efforts.  And, we want you to join us!

Dr. Edington feels it is critical that these five pillars are followed for any company to achieve a healthy work environment:

1. Senior leadership
2. Operational leadership
3. Self leadership
4. Recognition and rewards
5. Quality assurance

For our partners, clients and friends in the industry, we invite you to join our efforts in recognizing, sharing and learning from those companies that are making an effort. Here’s how:

1. Applicants are asked to complete the following online pre-qualification survey proving progress/pursuit across all five pillars. Click on this survey link to be taken directly to the survey.

2. The pre-qualification survey must be completed by an employee of the applicant organization and one single submission will be accepted. Following completion of the pre-qualification survey, no revisions or alternate versions can be accepted.

3. Upon pre-qualification, approved applicants will be invited to submit an application and a short description of their outstanding, unique or innovative “next practice,” including organizational resources dedicated to the initiative, participation and engagement rates, related outcomes and supporting visual program materials.

4. The application period will run November 2, 2012 through January 11, 2013. Applications will be evaluated in late January 2013 with final recipient selections completed by late February and award recipients notified on March 6, 2013.

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