Empathia’s New Podcast Series Addresses a Culture of Health

 

 
 

Behavioral solutions and risk management provider offers podcasts that focus on workplace health and provide guidance for transforming organizational health management from a reactive to a preventive proactive approach

The vast majority of enterprises depend on human capital to be successful. In the pursuit of success, more and more organizations are creating a “culture of health,” which takes into account not just disease prevention but physical wellness, emotional well-being, leadership behaviors, workplace culture, and self-leadership. In its new podcast series, Empathia covers the ways organizations can build a culture of health and transform their health management strategy from a reactive to a proactive approach.

“Building a culture of health is increasingly important for employee well-being and productivity, as well as the company’s bottom line,” said Philip Chard, president and chief executive officer of Empathia. “In order to capitalize on their talent pool, company leaders must make a commitment to enhance the corporate culture, identify cultural attributes, and then bring these attributes to life.”

During his podcast interview, “Leadership and Environment Set the Stage for Change: How Workplace Culture Can Make or Break Your Health Management Program,” Chard explains how organizations that want to institute initiatives to modify their culture in a positive way must have full support of senior leaders and management at all levels. If individuals are to make a sustainable behavior change, they must be in an environment that supports that change.

The other podcasts in the series include:

  • “Moving Beyond Wellness to a Culture of Health: Five Pillars of the Health Management Strategy” with Dr. Dee Edington, author of “Zero Trends: Health as a Serious Economic Strategy” and founder of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center.
  • “No Vision, No Change: Leadership’s Critical Role in Creating a Culture of Health” with Carol Wilson, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Empathia.

In his podcast, “Moving Beyond Wellness to a Culture of Health: Five Pillars of the Health Management Strategy,” Dr. Edington outlines the pillars of a culture of health and his vision for what needs to be done if organizations are to keep employees healthy and well.

“Rather than having a bunch of prevention programs, organizations need to create a strategy as part of their overall workplace culture,” Dr. Edington said. “If individuals are going to make a sustainable behavior change, they must be in an environment that supports the change. Improvements in workplace wellness can be achieved by aligning organizational culture with proven drivers that catalyze and support lasting behavior change.”

Wilson’s podcast covers leadership’s critical role in creating a culture of health, and an understanding of how the environment or workplace culture greatly impacts an organization’s health strategy.

“To have a meaningful impact in employee health management, we need to start by changing the culture of an organization and that begins with a clear vision by the company leaders,” Wilson said. “Business and health leaders must create an environment that supports healthy choices, be supportive of work life balance, and be sensitive to what’s in the best interest of this employee. Supportive leaders are the most important element in promoting individual behavior change.”