Celebrating Organizational Health This World Health Day
Organizational health has long been a buzzword in corporate circles. And yet, despite having occupied a prime position in many an organizational stratagem, the term remains shrouded in mystery. Traditionally, organizational health has referred to a variety of dimensions pivoting on management practices, business strengths and weaknesses, and strategic clarity. The trouble is, so far, the concept has not been a true champion of its cause, having hitherto cast a spotlight solely on market dynamics and internal managerial heft. That raises the question, where, in this giant scheme, is organizational ‘health’?
A Window Into Organizational Health
Health and wellness have conventionally been an obscure part of employee care programs, conveniently eclipsed by monetary emoluments and fringe benefits. With the exception of a blanket insurance plan, paid medical leave and maternity benefits, few companies have bothered to cross the invisible threshold into superior, consistent employee wellness programs. Studies, however show that wellness at the workplace can have a direct bearing on a variety of physical, emotional and psychological attributes, from improved social behaviors to a fitter lifestyle.
Building Organizational Health
At OurHealthMate, we know that the key to a happier, healthier workforce is wellness at the workplace. Our wellness programs come in an array of formats, from balcony garden design to expert speak sessions, which aim at educating, motivating, imparting skills and offering support. Push the window to organizational health wide open and discover six ways our wellness programs can help you and your employees.
- Augmented Social Behaviors
Wellness programs can galvanize positive energy into transformational behaviors. Studies have shown that healthy behaviors can lower health risks leading to chronic disease. Less chronic disease implies less health-related absenteeism and attrition, and reduced healthcare costs: a win-win scenario for employees and employers. They key to maintaining workplace behaviors is a continued focus on wellness. A consistent wellness plan can reap long-term results, with evidence pointing to healthier eating habits, smaller portions, regular exercise and a lower dependency on alcohol and cigarettes. Wellness programs are also tightly tethered to improved mental health.
- Lower Health Risks
A good wellness program must be driven with an intent to impart healthy behaviors. Behaviors like frequent exercise and good nutrition can mitigate the onset of medical complications like elevated blood glucose, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Studies show that health risks can be abated in as little as six weeks with a well-regulated wellness program.
- Financial Benefits
Over the past few years, close to 100 studies have delved into the financial outcomes of wellness programs. By and large, these studies have traced a correlation between the effectiveness of a given program and the corresponding cost-savings impact. Religiously conducted wellness programs can push down the cost curve of an organization, with the cost of such programs being covered by savings made from participation.
- Improved Productivity
You’ve almost certainly heard of absenteeism, but have you heard of presenteeism? Presenteeism is a form of poor productivity characterized by being at work, but not really ‘at work’. Estimates indicate that presenteeism entails costs that are at least two times more than directly incurred healthcare expenses. Presenteeism could be rooted in many factors: workplace distractions, exhaustion, and all too often, poor health. Research suggests that smokers have a 28% higher chance of presenteeism than their non-smoking counterparts. Likewise, poor nutrition and infrequent exercise are understood to rake up the odds of presenteeism by 66% and 50% respectively.
- Lower Absenteeism
Wellness at work can present itself in many forms, with the foremost being reduced absenteeism. Wellness initiatives can go a long way in encouraging healthy behaviors, reducing stress, controlling obesity and overweight, and managing conditions like cholesterol and blood pressure. Each of these health conditions lend a hand to absenteeism, so the key lies in treating them well. Reduced absenteeism can lead to cost savings.
OurHealthMate’s wellness program presents every company with a centralized wellness dashboard that captures key data points of employee health. With every checkup, data automatically gets furnished in the dashboard. A platform like this can help with essential decision-making, succession planning and team-building.
Workplace wellness can create a holistic, wholesome ecosystem for employers and employees, serving both parties equally. If you aren’t already on board, there’s no better day than today. This World Health Day, give your team a world of health that doesn’t cost the earth.
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