Improving Employee Health Using a
Workplace Health Promotion Program
Michelle Nguyen
4th Year
Google, Inc.
Zurich, Switzer...
 Co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin
 Company was established in 1998 and
the Zurich office was opened in 2007
 800...
 Total Population: 7,997,000
 Life Expectancy at birth
 Males: 80 years
 Females: 85 years
 Non-communicable diseases...
 Swiss Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care of 1996:
mandatory health care insurance
 Individual mandate
 Guaranteed e...
 The Swiss culture is diverse; its three main languages are
German, French, and Italian
 The country’s 26 cantons also a...
 Arrive to meetings early
 First impressions are very important
 The Swiss customer always looks at the face first
 St...
 CEO: Larry Page
 To contact Google in Zurich, Switzerland, you can
 Write to: Brandschenkestrasse 110
8002 Zürich, Swi...
 To provide education, skills, and resources
that will be permanently incorporated into
the daily diets and lifestyles of...
 The workforce is an important sector of
society and the employees need to be
healthy for themselves and for the
company
...
 Google, Inc:
 Increased productivity at the
office
 Boosted staff morale
 Longer employee retention
 Zooglers/employ...
 Jungle Lounge: 100+ plants
 Water Lounge: massage stations and aquariums
 Slides/Firepoles
 Games: pinball, foosball,...
Google’s Workplace Health Promotion
Program
 Goal: To understand the health risks and culture of Google
Zurich’s employees and address these issues by
implementing a...
 Step 2: Assessment of Google’s current
workplace health promotion program
 Distribute mandatory surveys to all employee...
 Step 3: Based on survey and BMI results, find a health risk
that must be addressed
 If you know that Google’s “restaura...
 Step 4: Implementation of the “healthy food promotion
program”
 Revise Google’s “restaurant-quality” menu to a healthie...
 Step 5: Evaluation of the new program
 Distribute another mandatory survey asking about diet at home
and work and lifes...
 There will be a shift to healthier BMI scores
 Employees will have the tools to have a healthier diet
 Employees will ...
 Contact Human Resources or the supervisor of Google
Zurich through phone, email, or in person
 Explain the BMI rates of...
 Since Google employees are interesting and love the
different methods used at Google, they will be open-
minded about th...
 Encourage employee use of current facilities, such as the
basketball room, work-out spaces, and the soccer room
 Encour...
 http://www.who.int/nmh/countries/che_en.pdf
 http://www.who.int/countries/che/en/
 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/h...
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  1. 1. Improving Employee Health Using a Workplace Health Promotion Program Michelle Nguyen 4th Year Google, Inc. Zurich, Switzerland http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/company/
  2. 2.  Co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin  Company was established in 1998 and the Zurich office was opened in 2007  800 Zooglers  Google’s engineering headquarters for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa  Google Maps, Search and Ads team, Google Apps, Gmail, Sales Introduction to the Company
  3. 3.  Total Population: 7,997,000  Life Expectancy at birth  Males: 80 years  Females: 85 years  Non-communicable diseases account for 90% of all deaths  Cardiovascular disease: 38%  Cancer: 27%  59.3% of males and 40% of females are overweight Switzerland
  4. 4.  Swiss Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care of 1996: mandatory health care insurance  Individual mandate  Guaranteed enrollment  Community rating  Federally defined basic health care package  Private insurers make money from supplemental packages  Co-payments usually required  Government subsidies for medical expenses more than 8% of income Switzerland’s Health Care System
  5. 5.  The Swiss culture is diverse; its three main languages are German, French, and Italian  The country’s 26 cantons also adds to the diverse culture  No official religion, but most cantons recognize official churches  Sports are popular due to the alpine geography  The Swiss are the world’s largest consumers of chocolate  Known for cheeses  Swiss dishes include potatoes and cheese  Family privacy is important and most families engage in outdoor activities on the weekend Culture
  6. 6.  Arrive to meetings early  First impressions are very important  The Swiss customer always looks at the face first  Strict hierarchical rules  Customer, boss, then colleagues  Introduce boss to customer  Bosses can address employees by their first name; employees can address bosses by their first name only after told  Professionalism is expected both inside and outside the workplace  Don’t use too many hand gestures Culture: Business Etiquette
  7. 7.  CEO: Larry Page  To contact Google in Zurich, Switzerland, you can  Write to: Brandschenkestrasse 110 8002 Zürich, Switzerland  Call: +41 44-668-1800  Email at this link: https://support.google.com/fiber/contact/fiber_general2  Introduce yourself by stating your name and purpose:  “Hello, my name is Michelle Nguyen and I am interested in implementing a workplace health promotion program at your office.” Communicating with Human Resources
  8. 8.  To provide education, skills, and resources that will be permanently incorporated into the daily diets and lifestyles of employees  To reduce the percentage of overweight employees  The program will not be limited to affected employees, but will be offered to all employees in hopes of prevention and treatment  To not fix a medical problem temporarily, but teach employees to change their complete diet or lifestyle for the rest of their lives Goals of the Workplace Health Promotion Program
  9. 9.  The workforce is an important sector of society and the employees need to be healthy for themselves and for the company  Activities among the workforce will directly or indirectly affect the economy and other sectors  Employees spend a large portion of their day at work  Employee productivity directly affects how well a company does Importance of the Workplace Health Promotion Program
  10. 10.  Google, Inc:  Increased productivity at the office  Boosted staff morale  Longer employee retention  Zooglers/employees:  To be healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally  Health education and services  Information can be passed along to their families, the community, and society Benefits of the Workplace Health Promotion Program
  11. 11.  Jungle Lounge: 100+ plants  Water Lounge: massage stations and aquariums  Slides/Firepoles  Games: pinball, foosball, Pac-Man, and ping-pong  Antique gondola ski lifts  Free restaurant-quality food  Interior designed conference rooms and thinking spaces  Sport groups  Bands: Gleegers Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  12. 12. Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  13. 13.  Goal: To understand the health risks and culture of Google Zurich’s employees and address these issues by implementing a workplace health promotion program that will encourage a healthier diet  Step1: Assessment of the country and population’s health  Research health statistics of Switzerland  More than ½ of the population is overweight  Many people do engage in outdoor activities  Research health statistics and benefits of Switzerland employees  Sport groups  Free food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; check if food is healthy  Know culture of the Swiss and other nationalities of people employed at Google Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  14. 14.  Step 2: Assessment of Google’s current workplace health promotion program  Distribute mandatory surveys to all employees in the office  Ask questions regarding feelings of the workplace, lifestyle, and diet  Ask for recommendations or revisions to current program  Distribute voluntary BMI tests  Sample survey questions:  “How often do you eat in your office’s cafeteria per day? Per week?  “How often do you engage in moderate physical activity? Rigorous activity? Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  15. 15.  Step 3: Based on survey and BMI results, find a health risk that must be addressed  If you know that Google’s “restaurant-quality” food is unhealthy and employees are eating it more than five times a week and do not exercise, a program should be introduced to deal with the issue  At Google’s weekly Friday meeting, inform employees of Switzerland’s health statistics and overall employee BMI results  Introduce new “healthy food promotion program” Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  16. 16.  Step 4: Implementation of the “healthy food promotion program”  Revise Google’s “restaurant-quality” menu to a healthier restaurant quality menu  Replace snack room foods  Instead of candy and chocolate-coated pretzels, have granola bars and bananas  Education:  Show employees appropriate portion sizes  Inform employees on which foods are healthy and why they are healthy  Provide new recipes they can try at home  Provide a nutrition counselor employees can go to when they have questions and to monitor the program  Provide a forum in which employees can share diet and lifestyle advice Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  17. 17.  Step 5: Evaluation of the new program  Distribute another mandatory survey asking about diet at home and work and lifestyle changes  Offer voluntary BMI tests  Talk to supervisors about a change in productivity/innovation  Receive feedback from the nutrition counselor  Evaluation of employee feedback  Have a voluntary survey to ask about employee feedback  Have a suggestion box in the cafeteria requesting healthy recipes  Monitor employee activity at the cafeteria throughout the year to see if employees still like the program Evaluation of Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program
  18. 18.  There will be a shift to healthier BMI scores  Employees will have the tools to have a healthier diet  Employees will educate their families, the community, and society  The message boards will be full of advice coming from peers  Healthier food will be provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner  Employees will be happier  Google will see an increase in productivity and staff morale Evaluation of Google’s Workplace Health Promotion Program: Expectations
  19. 19.  Contact Human Resources or the supervisor of Google Zurich through phone, email, or in person  Explain the BMI rates of employees before program implementation  Show the change in BMI rates after the cafeteria menu was redesigned  Create a flow chart showing the benefit of educating the employees  Employee  Peers  Families  The Community  Society Providing Feedback
  20. 20.  Since Google employees are interesting and love the different methods used at Google, they will be open- minded about the program  Employee health will improve; BMI and overweight will decrease  People will feel better and will spread education to others  Continuation of program is necessary  A healthy diet is a permanent change  Employees will feel better about themselves and will feel it in their bodies  Employers will see a happier staff and will have more technological productivity and advancements Opinion and Thoughts
  21. 21.  Encourage employee use of current facilities, such as the basketball room, work-out spaces, and the soccer room  Encourage more sport group activities and offer incentives to the winning team  Offer weekly group exercise classes  Have monthly group activities outdoors Future Recommendations
  22. 22.  http://www.who.int/nmh/countries/che_en.pdf  http://www.who.int/countries/che/en/  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/health/policy/01swiss.html?_r= 0  http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-zurich-office-2013-2?op=1  Becker, R. C., & Corrao, J. M. (January 01, 1990). Cardiovascular disease in women: scope of the problem. Cardiology, 77, 6-7.  Faeh, D., & Bopp, M. (January 01, 2010). Increase in the prevalence of obesity in Switzerland 1982-2007: birth cohort analysis puts recent slowdown into perspective.Obesity (silver Spring, Md.), 18, 3, 644-6.  Marques-Vidal, P., Bochud, M., Mooser, V., Paccaud, F., Waeber, G., & Vollenweider, P. (January 01, 2009). Obesity markers and estimated 10-year fatal cardiovascular risk in Switzerland. Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases : Nmcd, 19, 7, 462-8. References

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