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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Oct 28

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A “culture of health” is something that most employers desire — but often lack — for their workplace.

A poll by Optum, a health care technology consultancy, found that while 64 percent of large employers say that creating aculture of health (COH) in the workplace is a top priority, only 19 percent say they have succeeded in producing an environment in which employees “have the resources, tools and a support system that empowers and motivates them to take responsibility for their own health.”

The survey asked benefit professionals at 545 U.S. companies to rate their workplace’s culture of health on a scale of 1 to 7. The survey sought to identify the differences between highly-rated and low-rated companies.

The most easily-identifiable difference between the two groups is the number ofwellness initiatives. Employers with high ratings offered an average of 10 wellness and health management programs, compared to seven for those with low ratings. Similarly, nearly half of those with high ratings have offered such programs for at least five years, compared with only a quarter of low-ranking companies.

Among the key differences in wellness offerings:

  • 72 percent of COH companies offer wellness coaching, compared to 42 percent of non-COH companies.
  • 72 percent of COH companies offer health risk assessments, versus 49 percent of non-COH companies.
  • 52 percent of COH companies offer biometric screenings, compared to 33 percent of non-COH companies.
  • 53 percent of COH companies offer programs geared towards social health, compared to 16 percent of non-COH companies.
  • 76 percent of COH companies offer behavioral health programs, compared to 56 percent of non-COH ones.
  • 65 percent of COH companies offer financial incentives for health outcomes, compared to only 32 percent of non-COH employers.
  • The average financial incentive for COH companies was $576 per participant, compared to $336 for non-COH ones.

The upshot is that companies that aggressively invest in wellness programs report better results from their health-oriented initiatives. While 56 percent of COH employers report that their wellness programs have led to higher employee satisfaction, only 15 percent on non-COH employers believe the same is true for their wellness initiatives.

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