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  • 1. What Does EnvironmentHave to Do With Wellness?
  • 2. What is Environment? The circumstances, objects, or conditions which one is surrounded or the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community (Merriam-Webster)• Bright lights • Bright colors – red increases appetite• Cool air/oxygen • Soothing sounds • Food smells• Loud noises • Earth tones and smells • Appetizing photos • Low lighting Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 3. Why Does it Matter?1. It’s Your Foundation “Worksite health promotion is an investment in human capital. Employees are more likely to be on the job and performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health.” – Partnership for PreventionIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 4. Why Does it Matter? 2. Employees will value the attention & changes “An employers expression of caring for an employees health and well-being is perceived as more important than the benefits offered.” – Johnson and Johnson study 2010Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 5. Why Does it Matter?3. It’s not about what you say,it’s about what you do “Appropriate public policy and lifestyle interventions aimed at eliminating tobacco use, limiting salt consumption, encouraging physical exercise, and improving diet can prevent events related to cardio vascular disease..” – American Heart AssociationIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 6. Why Does it Matter? 4. It can save you money “The CDC estimates that the average smoker costs an employer $3400 per year in smoking- attributed lost productivity and direct medical costs and on average, smokers spend up to 8% of a workday on smoking-related activities; this equals 4 weeks of lost work time over the course of a 50-week work year” -Am J Med.Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 7. Why Does it Matter?5. Supportive environmentscreate healthier employees “Your health is not just a result of your choices and actions but also the choices and actions of people around you” – Dr. Nicholas Christakis Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 8. Effects of Changing the EnvironmentIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com pg. 8
  • 9. Traditional Approach vs. Modern ApproachThe Traditional ApproachOutside to Inside Biometric Screenings Disease Management Activity Challenges Gift Cards, Financial Awards or Disincentives Communications and Educational CampaignIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com pg. 9
  • 10. Traditional Approach vs. Modern ApproachThe Modern ApproachInside to Outside Business Culture Employee Culture (Social and Nutritional) Worksite Policies Food Service and Vending Physical Environment & Safety Vocational Support Employee RecognitionIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com pg. 10
  • 11. Environmental Assessment Step by StepStep One:Assess the workplace – 9 Major Categories 1. Workforce Characteristics 2. Physical Environment and Safety 3. Wellness Culture 4. Nutrition 5. Physical Activity 6. Work/Life Balance 7. Policies and State Requirements 8. Health Promotion 9. Vocational Support Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 12. Environmental Assessment Step by StepStep Two:Identify strengths and areas for improvement Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 13. Environmental Assessment Step by StepStep Three:Create an Action Plan and Identify Key Players Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 14. Environmental Assessment Step by StepStep Four:Share Results and Continuously Evaluate Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 15. Environmental Assessment – Things to ConsiderKeep the 4 S’s in Mind Strategic  It should be part of your long term planning and overall goals and interests Systematic  Have a plan with a check’s and balances to ensure changes are made and maintained Systemic  Keep in mind that changes will affect the group as a whole and capitalize on this – holistic evolution Sustainable  Make sure changes will stick. It can do more harm if something is taken away versus never having it at all Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 16. Environmental Assessment – Things to Consider Identify your business culture and its effectiveness in achieving desired goals If necessary, complete a business culture assessment in additional to an environmental assessment and identify links and barriers Understand the demographics and generational components of the workforce Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 17. Environmental Assessment – Things to Consider Collect inventory of resources already available to you (i.e. carrier, consultant, internal teams/committees) Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 18. Environmental Assessment – Things to Consider Think outside of the box – the smallest things can have the biggest impact Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 19. Environmental Assessment – Things to Consider Involve all levels and departments Educate and collaborate with relative groups (i.e. facilities management, safety, green teams etc.) Create accountability Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 20. Case Study – Environment In Action Accounts Receivable Management Industry, Profile 700 employees at 5 locations Sedentary workforce, call center environment whereChallenge employees work hard and play hard Integrate health and wellbeing into the culture, Solution environment, and business strategy Highly engaged employees that are happier Result and more productive Keys To Success- The buddy system - Complete flexibility- Total transparency - Don’t be afraid to failIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 21. Ideas To Put Into ActionWall of Success – include personal and corporate stories ofsuccess related to health and well-being. This should be in theentryway of the building Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 22. Ideas To Put Into ActionRelease a meeting policy – they should never be longer than anhour and half and a stand up and stretch break should beincorporated. Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 23. Ideas To Put Into ActionSend the health culture home – books like the HouseholdWellness Toolkit and sites like dole.com provide great resourcesfor families and children that employers can provide Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 24. Ideas To Put Into ActionRate your environment in colors green, yellow and red.Prioritize and spend your energy in the red and yellow areas Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 25. Ideas To Put Into ActionUnderstand your employees motivation- collect statements: Myhealth is important to me because_____ My Health is important to me because I want to be able to keep up with my grandchildren!Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 26. Ideas To Put Into ActionHand out wellness flags and have employees submit creativephotos of them with their flags performing health relatedactivities (similar to the AAA magazine photos)Intercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 27. Ideas To Put Into ActionCreate a community – begin a worksite blog, customize a site forthe programs, institute the “bring a friend” concept into eventsIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 28. Ideas To Put Into ActionMake it all about “You” – focus on the heart of the matter ratherthan the data. Express how much you care rather than how muchinformation/data you can shareIntercare Insurance Solutions • Private & Confidential • CA Insurance Lic #0D80830 • intercaresolutions.com
  • 29. The environment in which we work contributes to our levels of productivity, creativity andoverall well-being – What is your environment like?