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Thursday
Aug162012

Corporate Wellness Is No Longer A Luxury...It Is Now A Strategy

Does corporate leaders recognize us as employees as assets?  Do they realize that if we are healthy people we can be the busy worker bees they expect us to be?  Physically weak workers lead to weak organizations. Healthcare is an enormous issue in the United States as well as in corporations.  Our corporate wellness has now become a strategy.

Today’s post is not from Business Women Rising. It is from another blog called Synergy Wellness.  I’m re-posting it here because I feel that this information is a pertinent issue in today's society. You may have not been thinking about the importance of healthcare in the corporate world, but now you will be! Hope you like it :)

“Today, we are spending over $2 trillion a year on health care — almost 50% more per person than the next most costly nation. And yet, as I think many of you are aware, for all of this spending, more of our citizens are uninsured, the quality of our care is often lower, and we aren’t any healthier. In fact, citizens in some countries that spend substantially less than we do are actually living longer than we do.” President Barack Obama, Speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009

The US business community competes in a dynamic global economy. We have historically achieved success in the global marketplace by excelling at traditional measures of business performance: innovation, technology application, production engineering, capital deployment, marketing, sales, distribution, and customer service. Increasingly, however, two related factors have put the US business community at a competitive disadvantage: disease burden such as obesity and increased costs such as health insurance premiums for employers. These costs continue to rise.

Business leaders not yet schooled in all the determinants of health and a US health care system biased toward the treatment of illness often say, “With the growing and added investments I am making in health care for my workers and their dependents, surely my company is producing a healthier and more productive workforce.” Sadly, this is not the case.

As President Obama stated, the United States spends twice as much per citizen on health care as any other country on earth yet ranks in the lowest tier of advanced countries in health outcomes. In other words, the United States produces more health care for less health.

Poor health and rising health care costs in America are problems in search of employer leadership and solutions. Although many businesses still treat health as an operating cost to be managed, an increasing number of employers have begun investing in human capital and building cultures of health at their worksites.

We need employer attention, leadership, and investment in improving the health of our organizations and understanding the influence and impact of population health on business performance.

Synergy’s efforts focus on developing inspired leadership from individual corporate leaders, building health intervention strategies, and establishing performance incentives for population health, and metrics that speak the language of business. This framework engages your organization to define and execute on the most critical priorities driving desired results, including reduced costs, and increased employee engagement.

“The most important corporate asset is a Healthy Workforce because a company is only as healthy, energetic, and productive as its employees are. Without a healthy workforce there would only be a sick company.” John Buckley, CEO

About the Author:

Cheryl is currently Founder/CEO of Synergy Wellness, a personal and organizational coaching and consulting group in Newport Beach, CA.  She also serves as the Managing Director of the Grande Vista and Bella Vista Leadership forums with Business World Rising. Both groups meet monthly in Irvine, CA and are specifically designed to promote business growth and explore strategies for personal, professional and organizational transformation

Prior to joining Business World Rising, Cheryl was CEO of Superior Crankshaft, based in Irvine, CA. fox six years, from 2006-2012 and Managing Director for Medi-Fly, a helicopter service company based in Budapest Hungary, from 2005-2006.

For more information about Business World Rising please contact us today.

Thanks Unique Hotels Group for the great photo!

 

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