A Better Way to Cut Workplace Stress

Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media , November 18, 2013

Organizations where wellness is valued by senior leaders and line workers alike don't rely on wellness programs alone. These companies and groups, which Towers Watson terms "high-effectiveness organizations" (HEOs), embrace a holistic view of health and productivity.

Build a Culture of Health
Work environments in which work-related causes of stress are well understood and mitigated exhibit one of the building blocks of a culture of health, Towers Watson says. HEOs also provide easy access to high-quality health care and measure health and productivity outcomes.

These investments in employee healthcare translate to direct financial benefits, Towers Watson says. HEOs "are 40% more likely to report financial performance above their peers over the last year than low-effectiveness companies (63% vs. 45%). In fact, high-effectiveness companies are nearly 80% more likely to report their financial performance as significantly higher than their peers (20% vs. 11%)," the report says.

Towers Watson finds that among HEOs in the U.S., "there is a differential in annual healthcare costs of more than $1,600 per employee, giving a company with 20,000 employees a $32 million cost advantage over low-performing organizations."

That alone should be reason enough to work toward reducing stress levels among your organization's staff.


Cora Nucci is the Digital Associate Editorial Director for HealthLeaders Media.
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