The Well-Being Journal

Lincoln Industries: A Case for Well-Being

Jennifer Rudloff

Recently, CFO magazine published a story on Lincoln Industries inspired by the findings of a new study done by Lincoln Industries in conjunction with Healthways and the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). This study, featured in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is among the first peer- reviewed research evaluating the effectiveness of worksite health and wellness programs offered by a small employer. Findings support the premise that high-quality employee wellness programs in small businesses improve employee health and well-being, which drives organizational outcomes such as absenteeism, healthcare costs and disability claims.

The study shows a phenomenal corporate culture of health at Lincoln Industries, adopted by the company years ago. Lincoln adopted a culture of health years ago. Its leadership realized that to take its wellness program to the next level, there needed to be a stronger emphasis on well-being, focusing on the whole person, not just physical health. To gain a better understanding of the needs of their population and identify areas of opportunity, they began using the Healthways Well-Being Assessment™ (WBA). The WBA assesses physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment, life evaluation, and basic access to food, shelter, healthcare and other necessities, and provides management with a comprehensive, holistic view of the health and well-being of their employees.

The study marks an important step toward broadening the workplace well-being impact beyond just large businesses. Small businesses, which stand to benefit from financial incentives provided by healthcare reform legislation, are in need of guidance regarding their investment in programs that deliver results.

Lincoln is a great example of how to do it right. They make well-being a part of individual objectives, and as a the result, they’ve seen a 5 to 1 ROI in wellness programs. They achieved an 87 percent response rate on the Well-Being Assessment (without incentives). Additionally, approximately 99 percent of employees complete regular health screenings with the majority of the workforce participating in wellness programs throughout the year. They’ve successfully reduced tobacco use, significantly reduced workers compensation costs, and have consistently managed to beat the national average on health insurance rates by $3000 per employee.

So how do they do it? Watch the interviews below where their Director of Wellness, Safety and Life Enhancement, Tonya Vyhildal talks with us in about the well-being improvement programs at Lincoln Industries. For a more detailed dive into their successes, watch her complete presentation from the Healthways Well-Being Summit here.

As a leader in well-being, how do you promote well-being internally?

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How do you tie well-being into individual objectives?

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What impact have well-being programs had on your organization?

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Why do you include well-being as a performance measure?

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Talk about the HERO paper published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine,

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What's the one thing you'd tell an employer looking to move to well-being?

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Topics: Return on Investment Well-Being HERO Tonya Vyhildal Nebraska Workplace Well-Being Business Performance Competitive Advantage Prevention wellbeing and health Wellness Lincoln Industries Healthways Wellness Program Well-being Assessment

National Employee Wellness Month

Jennifer Rudloff

The third annual National Employee Wellness Month (NEWM) kicked off on June 1st nationwide in an effort to promote existing healthy living programs and share successful strategies for corporate health initiatives. NEWM gives employers a great opportunity to jumpstart or enhance your company’s well-being programs and maybe even try out some new initiatives. If properly administered, these programs will not only have the potential to lower healthcare costs, but they will also ultimately create happier, healthier and better performing employees.

As a proud sponsor of NEWM, Healthways is implementing our own initiatives to improve our employees’ well-being on a number of levels, and encourage everyone to be healthy and social. Here are a few of the things we’ve put in place.

  • Fitness classes: We are offering our colleagues a variety of fitness classes on site to fit their schedules. They can choose to exercise before work, at lunch, or at the end of the workday.
  • ‘Workout Wednesdays,’ allow and encourage employees to wear workout gear to the office to help remove some of the barriers to exercise. We also offer additional fitness classes on these days and encourage group walks.
  • Walking workstations: our employees can get away from their desks and get moving by working from one of our walking work station treadmills.
  • Healthier and Fresher Food: In addition to providing healthy options in our Café, we’ve also startedan herb garden on site which our chef can pull from, and we offer a weekly farmers market for employees to get fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • We offer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes to employees to help them better manage their stress.
  • All of our many web-based, telephonic coaching, and disease management programs are available to our colleagues, just going to show it is so good we eat our own cooking
  • Company sports leagues: We help employees form teams for local sports leagues. Employees often gather together at lunch to practice in the courtyard.

In addition to our own workplace initiatives, we have launched Healthways|Blue Zones Vitality Cities, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative in the Southern California’s Beach City Health District. Read more about what we’re doing to help communities.

When talking about workplace well-being initiatives, it’s important to note that success often requires a cultural shift that starts with leadership but is accepted at all levels of the organization. As discussed in a previous post, “wellbeing is highly valued by employees and a key driver in their level of job satisfaction, loyalty and motivation.” A new study finds a disconnect between employers and employees regarding wellness initiatives. The report found that 42 percent of employees say that their bosses do not look out for their physical health enough, while only 14 percent of management thinks the same. National Employee Wellness Month provides a wonderful opportunity for employers to open up a dialogue about well-being with their employees and renew their commitment to wellness in the eyes of their people.

**NOTE: Healthways was recently chosen to be one of Baltimore’s Healthiest Employers by the Baltimore Business Journal. To read about some of the initiatives that helped land us on this list, click here >>

What are some well-being initiatives you are thinking of or already have in place? What kind of wellness initiatives would you like to see implemented within your organization?

Topics: Well-Being Company Workplace Well-Being Healthcare Business Performance Health Competitive Advantage Prevention wellbeing and health How to Improve Employee Performance Health in the Workplace National Employee Wellness Month Wellness Healthways Employee Performance Improvement

Employers and Employees at Odds about Wellbeing, Study Finds

Jennifer Rudloff

Reposted from the Well-being Wire by MeYou Health

Bosses may be overestimating their perceived attention to employees’ well-being, a new British study finds.

Researchers found that 42 percent of employees say that their bosses do not look out for their physical health enough, while only 14 percent of management thinks the same, InspiresMe reported June 6. Similarly, 50 percent of employees think their employers fail to support their emotional well-being, but only 13 percent of employers concur.

In workplaces where a large majority of employees feel their employers care about them a great deal, however, most workers describe themselves as “loyal” to their jobs, the study finds.

“We believe employers who address physical, emotional and financial health and wellbeing could improve engagement and ultimately the productivity of their people,” says James Glover, director of Simplyhealth,which released the study (PDF). “Wellbeing is highly valued by employees and a key driver in their level of job satisfaction, loyalty and motivation. If employers fail to communicate that they care, they could lose talented people as soon as the job market starts to recover.”

Reader Question: Does your employer look out for your well-being?

Topics: Business Performance Competitive Advantage

Healthy Living Starting from the Workplace

Jennifer Rudloff

Many of us in the workforce spend almost all, if not more than half, of our waking hours each week at our desks and in front of our computers. While this allows us to be productive and enjoy the challenges of our jobs, it also leaves us limited time to pursue personal growth and well-being which can lead to fatigue. For some people, repetitive day-to-day tasks in the workplace result in stress, anxiety, and even depression. As mentioned in a previous post, business consultant and best-selling author Daniel Pink suggests that to remain motivated in the workplace we must stay fully engaged.

People are the most valued asset of any organization and, therefore, it’s important for them to be engaged throughout the day. To create an environment with greater well-being for yourself at work, take a few small actions that can counter the effects of repetitive work. Here are some tips from on how you and your coworkers can improve your well-being at work from Nick Golding of Personnel Today

  1. Connect: Take 5 minutes to do something for your coworkers (make a cup of tea or get them a drink).
  2. Be active: Go for a walk at lunchtime or make some time to get some fresh air during the day.
  3. Take notice: Be aware of how your coworkers are really feeling. Ask them how they are and have a chat with them.
  4. Learn: Take a few minutes to expand your mind; you could read a newspaper, magazine or book, or do a crossword.
  5. Give: Build relations at work and get to know your coworkers better by hosting a breakfast to kick-start the work day.
Topics: Business Performance