Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture

Critical messages from Canadian leaders

There is much talk today about creating a healthy workplace culture, but these leaders have seen it done and recently they shared their wealth of knowledge and insights with delegates at the Imagine Your Workplace conference, May, 2009.

Upfront, the panel acknowledged that there is a question of money: how can companies promote organizational health when purse strings are tight, budgets have to be bottom-lined, and management needs convincing by the Return on Investment (ROI) numbers. All panellists agreed: money doesn’t and shouldn’t matter. Buffet commented that there is always an ROI justification: a recent Canadian study, done in part by Hewitt Associates, with analysis by noted pioneer in organizational health Linda Duxbury, Professor of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, shows a cogent and compelling case for health promotion (promoting healthy habits at work). Her study showed that there is a clear relationship between employee engagement and employee health, resulting in greater productivity, decreased long-term disability and other health-plans costs.

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