Research shows that the health status of employees directly influences their work behavior, attendance and on-the-job performance. We hope the information below is helpful to you and your company:
Wellness Strategies – This terrific article by the national Society for Human Resource Mangers provides tips on establishing a wellness program, developing key strategies, supporting them with policies, offering incentives, and much more. Click to read.
What other companies are doing – This study by the National Business Group on Health reveals the types of programs companies have created to assist with wellness. Click to read.
National employee wellness organization - The Wellness Council of America is a nonprofit organization that helps businesses implement employee wellness programs. While there is a fee for companies that join, the organization's website features a number of free resources that can be useful in starting an employee wellness program. Visit website.
BeHealthy.com – This is a free website sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama that includes tips on diet, exercise and other health-related topics. The site is open to the public, but additional services are available to BCBS members. Visit website.
Nutrition and Physical Fitness –The Alabama Department of Public Health’s website has terrific information about healthy lifestyles, including eating the right portions, getting your fruits and vegetables and increasing your physical activity. Visit website.
Fresh Air Family – Founded in 2006, Fresh Air Family has grown to offer more than 200 outdoor activities to an outreach of more than 10,000 people. Programs include hiking, camping, canoeing, birding, star gazing, fossil hunting, orienteering, caving and searching for creatures great and small. Visit website.
ScaleBackAlabama.com – Join the more than 300 businesses and local organizations that participate in this statewide weight-loss campaign every January. It’s a free program that offers not only encouragement for healthy lifestyles, but also cash prize drawings for those who achieve their goals. Visit www.scalebackalabama.com to find out how to sign up. The program is sponsored by Alabama’s hospitals and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with generous underwriting from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Visit website.
Providing employees with information to make good health care decisions:
Hospital Compare - There are several online sites, but the national site that is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and endorsed by all of the major national quality organizations is Hospital Compare. On this site, you can find hospital-specific information about outcomes, costs, performance on process of care measures, as well as demographic information. You can search by hospital, by category and can compare three hospitals at one time. Visit website.
Hospital Infection Report – The Alabama Department of Public Health is now publishing hospital-specific information on infections. (to come in mid-November)
BCBSal.org – On the Blue Cross Blue Shield website, you can view information about hospital performance in several areas, including the number of surgeries performed and relative costs, other quality and safety scores, including work on infection prevention, along with other distinctions and accreditations. Visit website.
Suggest that employees ask questions:
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a terrific website with several sets of questions patients should be asking. They suggest questions to ask before the appointment, during the appointment and afterward and include videos of patient stories that highlight the key points. It’s called “Questions are the Answers,” and you can view the resources at www.ahrq.gov/questions.