Accelerating productivity, reputation, and talent management
While the United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, it is far from the healthiest. Our nation’s high burden of disease affects businesses every day, holding us all back. From sick employees and families reducing workplace productivity, to product recalls and failures, to environmental scandals like toxic chemical emissions, businesses are actively shaping – as well as being shaped by – the state of the country’s health and well-being.
In the interest of both strengthening their business and benefiting the greater good, many organizations have been adopting a Culture of Health, a movement that maximizes good health and well-being of employees, consumers, community, and environment, ultimately contributing to a healthier population and economy.
To advance building a Culture of Health, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is offering three unique programs to train executives and corporate teams to develop and implement Culture of Health practices in their organization:
Every organization – public, private, or non-profit – has an impact on the public’s health. By implementing a Culture of Health, businesses not only take responsibility for their influence, but also have the opportunity to reap benefits and rewards in many ways, including:
Minimize losses associated with “presenteeism” (working while ill) and absenteeism
Decrease illnesses, injuries, and fatalities, resulting in cost savings
Increasing revenues and profits:
Facilitate economic growth by shaping a healthier and more efficient workforce
Shape healthier communities that have more disposable income to spend on products and services
Improve consumer perceptions and public reputation by helping to solve important societal challenges
Enhance current and potential employees’ view of the company to retain and attract top talent
By working to implement a Culture of Health, businesses have the opportunity to positively influence what is known as the Four Pillars:
Employee Health: the treatment of its workers
Consumer Health: healthfulness and safety of its products and services
Community Health: health and safety efforts in location of doing business
Environmental Health: impact of operations on the environment
Cross-functional teams of 3-6 individuals. Titles of the team members may include chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief sustainability officer, corporate social responsibility officer, chief human resources officer, chief environmental officer, or the like.
Support for these programs was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.