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Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"The single most important asset of any company is it's employees. Worksite wellness programas protect and enhance that asset and ths book shows how." Steven G. Aldana, Ph.D., CEO, WellSteps
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This book goes over some of the aspects of wellness (drinkers are often out Mondays and Fridays, people with minor illnesses take off rainy days.) There are a lot of interesting facts, such as a discussion of "presentee-ism" which is when people show up to work sick instead of staying home with an infectious illness. If there is an epidemic of flu, an employer concerned about wellness might consider making it clear that staying home when sick is better for the company and YOUR job than struggling in and making the entire department ill.
There are discussions of obesity and how to set up supportive programs to encourage employees to get fit. Even changing the vending machines to provide healthy foods. I think this is all helpful information--I can remember one employer who had their cafeteria reclassified as "factory" from "office" by their large corporate contracting department, and the people working there complained their soup and salad selections had been replaced by greasy burgers. This kind of awareness of how the employer fits into overall health is something that any managerial staff should take note of. There are also ideas for small businesses, who are definitely more affected if employee health and efficiency suffers. Great book, full of ideas to promote wellness and productivity.
Although it says the book was written by Ilona Bray, please note that there were many advisors, including Dr. Kenneth Pelletizer (clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and the University of California School of Medicine); Dr. Albert Ray (Physician Director for Patient Education & Health Promotion at Kaiser Permanente), Rae Lee Olson (principal with Vita Benefits Group, an employee benefits brokerage & consulting firm), and many others.Read more ›
The final chapter, Drafting Workplace Policies That Promote Health is an excellent wrap up and it's where the rubber hits the road. Topics covered are those we discuss with co-workers and family, the ones that make us anxious. Bray also covers what we dwell on when we're in the waiting room to see a general practitioner physician who will see us undressed.
We generally make exceptions for healthy habits when we're engaged in making a living. Work is often stressful, and we're often stressed a good portion of our lives as a result. Advice for employers to provide in practical terms physical, calorie burning activity is covered. The ideas presented are outstanding, yet implementation of them may be years away. This book might be futuristic, but if working standards improve we may see job environments like the ones advocated.
The book covers the topic of Health Screenings. A confidential Health Risk Assessment (HRA) form administered by an outside vendor is advocated. Health insurance companies often provide this service now, although I suspect participation rate might be low. One reason people don't follow through on recommendations such as regular exercise is they don't have enough time unless they can cut back on commitments.
Healthy Employees, Health Business is ahead of its time. It's loaded with all the concerns we all have about being physically fit while working lots of stressful hours.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great. I found it very well put together and helped me write out a proposal for work with such little effort. A total blessing of a purchasePublished on September 25, 2012 by Lou
I wanted to be interested, but I just couldn't get into it. I wanted the book to convince me that this should be important to me. It didn't. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Warren Holzem
This book has a lot of information for small-to-medium business owners/managers to think about when considering starting or changing a workplace wellness program. Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I'm a regular Amazon reviewer of Nolo books and find most to be a great starting point for learning a new topic. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Jared Castle
It would be a great service to employees if companies took a serious look at promoting workplace wellness. Unfortunately, few take it serious. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Broncos Fan
Okay, let's say I run a corporate wellness program. There are gobs of seminars, workshops, and conferences that want me to attend and get up to speed on the most current... Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by R S Cobblestone
There is no question that health care costs are a big concern for both employer and employee alike. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by celtic melody
When I re-entered the workforce a few years ago, I was appalled at many of the behaviors considered so commonplace that no one bothered to question them - gallons of caffeine all... Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by L.A.L.
"Healthy Employees, Healthy Business" is an essential primer on all things employee health. From health benefits to policies, prcedures and employment law. Read morePublished on January 20, 2010 by Amazon Customer