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Employee Journey Mapping with Health

Journey Mapping our Employees

Journey mapping our employees allows us to tune into the corporate heartbeat.

We have all experienced customer journey mapping: whether it be secret shoppers, the thousands of customer experience surveys we are flooded with on every receipt and when making  online purchases. And what about that not so subliminal data of shopping habits obtained behind the scenes. When I load my “personalized coupons” to a retail store, its amazing how they know which coupons I will get excited about  – coincidentally – coupons for my frequent purchases. No of course, it is not a coincidence. I am NOT a retail purchasing or  marketing expert…..but it is very obvious these stores are customer journey mapping, studying my purchases, my satisfaction, making offers to keep me coming back. …… As customers we are inundated. These stores want us to know they care about us, offer us discounts or bonus points on items we need, and most of all they journey map to keep our business.

Employee Journey Mapping Best in Corporate Health
Journey Mapping with the Health Risk Assessment and Corporate Culture Assessment

Employee journey mapping is critical, but not as honed. Journey mapping can reveal to employers a good look at the corporate culture. The corporate culture casts an aura over the company and is the sum of employee/employer  attitudes, experiences, morale, perceptions…all of these together shape the company’s personality and culture. We all know how important first impressions are – the initial imprinting – employers need to be in tune with that corporate culture….and hopefully not reading about it on social media!

From the contemplation of an employee applying to a company, and the company interviewing that employee, both the employer and the employee are evaluating  if there is a good, mutual,  cultural fit.

➾➾➾Enter journey mapping via a corporate culture assessment.…CCA…..

Employers need to know, what is the employees’ perceptions of the corporate culture.

  • What are the employees saying about your company to others?
  • Social media vibe?
  • What is your employer brand, reputation?
  • What are you doing to attract the right people?
  • What constitutes the  “right” fit? or the right people?
  • What sort of recognition, accolades do you get as an employer?
  • Are negative comments justified as the employee’s fault?
  • What is the perception of the company from customers, suppliers…..
  • Retention?
  • Sense of value by both employer and employee
  • sense of camaraderie, unity
  • Who is going the extra mile?
  • Perception of being suitably incentivized….encouragement & reward for good work

and most of all……..Does the employer care about me as a person. Employees don’t just Journey mapping our employees Best In corporate Healthwant a paycheck — they want recognition, verbal appreciation and encouragement. With the millennial workforce….these sentiments are growing stronger. Attitude speaks louder than words, and can be the strongest motivating or demotivating force on workplace loyalty, productivity, engagement, and yes, on workplace and personal stress.

Numerous studies have shown us that the work environment, culture,  is the most crucial factor in employee satisfaction. Epidemiologists have studied for years the relationship between numerous stresses, and the impact on health. Given that a majority of a person’s waking hours are invested at work, or thinking about work, it is no surprise that these studies have found a strong link between workplace wellbeing and health wellbeing. It has become widely accepted that a poor workplace environment can erode physical and psychological health.

Mapping A Smooth Journey:  The Union of the HRA and CCA

A health risk assessment is a critical tool, when effectively used – serves as the basis for customizing employee health programs. It can raise health awareness for both employer and employee, identify risk, and most of all…be fun and engaging – instilling confidence in the employee to pursue the health program. We all know adherence to the programs can be very low. First impressions can be lasting impressions.

Employee Journey Mapping Best in Corporate HealthConnecting the dots, bringing together the HRA and CCA allows the employer a good look into the soul of the company, mapping a smooth journey. Employee journeys are critical to workplace productivity,  engagement, a sense of fitting in and community.  Employers validate the employees need for  contribution, being heard, and can garner loyalty  to the growth, success and productivity of the workplace. I know it might sound a little different, or maybe even a few “no ways”…..give us a shout, we can help you out!

Journey mapping from the  HRA & CCA, births  a health centric corporate culture….camaraderie, engagement and productivity through health…

…………….the corporate happy place.

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Employee Incentives for Health Promotion

Incentivizing Employee Incentives – Fuelling Employee Wellness Programs

Employee incentives can solve the age old problem of wellness programs….You can lead the horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Many companies offer wellness programs, but are not getting the compliance required to achieve success – healthy people and healthy profits.

Sadly, being healthy and more productive, lowering Ldl and curbing diabetes is not enough of an incentive for people to comply with wellness programs. Everyone is busy, and many people are skeptical due to previous attempts at a “healthy lifestyle” aka learned helplessness. Few  programs address the daunting, intimidating, frustrating challenges- the many skills, time, organizational design for change. They are rarely motivational nor supportive to encourage people to act.

Enter employee incentives – or I should say appropriate employee incentives.

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“When it comes to health promotion programs, it’s wise to avoid the “build it and they will come” strategy. A wealth of research tells us that people need motivation to adopt healthier behaviors and, especially in the early stages. Employee incentives can jump-start participation in programs and can encourage workers to complete health risk assessments (HRAs), quit smoking, exercise more, or lose weight.”

The choice of incentives is often counter productive:

Raising health care premiums for lack of compliance? Is that not punishment disguised as incentive? This is what we call a disincentive, not incentive. Excellent for encouraging dissatisfied, frustrated employees.

Cash?  Sorry – a fleeting moment ….and the expectations will be for more and more, and create a downright resentment when monetary expectations are not met.

Incentives need to be based on support of the wellness program, support of the long term intentions  and success of the program….is the intention to claim “we offer a wellness program “- or is actually improving employee health and creating a health centric corporate health culture.

Sounds so obvious…but just not done

employee incentives for health promotion
The largest part of our day is at work.  A health centric corporate health culture can have a profound effect on health promotion. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Your incentive program should represent, lead the corporate health culture and employee camaraderie. Creating that culture is #1 in terms of long term adherence, success of the program reaping the benefits of health in the workplace, productivity…..that all important ROI. On average, people invest 35-40% of their lives at work.

 

 

It costs about 20% of an employee’s annual salary to replace that employee.

At a minimum, perks should help retain employees. The best companies, however, create incentives that demonstrate the company’s health culture and inspire employees to health, engagement and productivity.

Some basic principles of human motivation:

When Abraham Maslow created his Theory of Human Motivation in 1943, he identified five levels of motivation or five needs that humans strive to satisfy:

  • Survival
  • Safety
  • Social
  • Esteem
  • Fulfilment

Human capital management, workforce optimization – it really comes down to providing health, happiness, fulfillment – really everything Maslow described in 1943.

Incentivizing Incentives……

  1. Make it personal…The employee’s perception -is it about  his/her health and happiness, first and foremost, as a person, not as your employee
  2. The trick is to first make sure that incentives don’t unfairly penalize workers who can’t or don’t want to participate. Employers must use incentives to encourage both fit employees—as well as those with health risks such as obesity, high cholesterol or elevated blood sugar—to participate.
  3. Don’t make it just about money. Money can make employees unhappy if they’re not sufficiently compensated to their expectations. Money  has not been shown to lead to long term motivation, satisfaction or performance.
  4. Appeal to the pack animal side of human behavior – or as Maslow said social and esteem. Creating that corporate health culture for employees to thrive, be part of the pack, camaraderie, investment in incentives is a perfect medium to nurture the corporate pack
  5. Institutionalize your employee incentives. Again – applying the wisdom of the pack. While it’s sometimes thought to reward employees uniquely and personally, it’s can be lethal. Haphazard rewards are inefficient and can create confusion, unhealthy competition, a perception of favouritism  for employees. Transparency is key.
  6. Measure it . As we mentioned, rewarding  employees isn’t just good for morale; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why you should measure the ROI for your perks whenever possible.
  7. Don’t forget your culture. Consistency – the power of the incentives should be employee incentive for health promotionrespected and emanate a love and reverence to other aspects of the functioning of the company, not restricted to wellness….think about that one! Your incentive structure is a reflection of your company culture. Your perks program is an excellent way to make your company stand out.
  8. Management needs to demonstrate a commitment to health, participate in the incentive program, camaraderie and continually reinforce the corporate health culture.

Companies are advised to avoid depending on incentives as a long-term strategy for getting employees to maintain healthy behaviors. The goal of wellness programs should be to encourage employees to value the physiological and social  rewards of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors—which will provide energy and focus for work, preventing injury and illness, feeling a greater sense of physical and psychological wellbeing.

An employee Incentive for health promotion must  actually encourage the desired results, health – which will ultimately drive behavior creating a health centric corporate culture. 

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Incentives are a key part of workplace health promotion programs, but they are only one piece that is necessary for companies to achieve a culture of health. When they are wielded punitively or used to shift healthcare costs to sicker employees, incentives become a liability. Choose employee incentives, not disincentives. Best practice companies understand this and work hard to spread the message that improved health is its own greatest reward. Health is wealth – personal wealth and corporate wealth.

Best In Corporate Health…Stretching the Budget….Yes, Your company can have it all – Health Risk Assessments, Wellness Platforms, Coaching, Integrating wellness technology, Incentivizing Employee Incentives…….

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Healthy Sleep: Productivity & Workplace Safety

Healthy Sleep to Increase Productivity, Employee Engagement** and Workplace Safety

Healthy Sleep is by far the most neglected aspect of our health. Health is the most undeniable aspect of employee performance.

Healthy Sleep with health Technology Best In Corporate Health
Now Health Technology to measure, monitor & to improve sleep for increased productivity, workplace safety and public safety

 

45% of Americans and Canadians report sleep problems. If we are not practicing good sleep hygiene we are jeopardizing our health and workplace productivity. From a corporate perspective, sleep deprivation in our workforce is a dangerous liability to workplace safety,  is guaranteed to increase healthcare costs, and will negate all other employee engagement and performance efforts.

 

💤April 2017 Benefits Canada’s Calgary Benefits Summit:💤

As plan sponsors, we should be very concerned, sleep has direct consequences for the workplace, particularly in terms of safety, productivity and group benefits costs. Sleep is not a luxury. It’s a necessity, as vital as eating, drinking and exercise, sleep disorders exert a negative impact on people’s health and, if untreated, can lead to chronic illnesses such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity……It’s in our best interests to take a structured approach, including both prevention and intervention measures, to help employees sleep better………It’s clear that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the best way to treat the condition in adults….This is a huge paradigm shift, doctors now recommend that patients enrol in a behavioural change program for sleep before taking medications.

 

Sleep disorders - the cost
Financial cost of 3 most common sleep disorders….cost on health?

Sleep deprivation ➠ chronic illness

Why is healthy sleep a necessity to health and human performance?

Sleep deprivation  leads to higher risk of chronic health problems including:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • Alzheimers
  • obesity
  • diabesity
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • accidental death
  • memory Issues
  • immune suppression
  • depression
  • moodiness
  • metabolic syndrome
  • hormonal dysfunction
  • greater vulnerability to colds and flu
  • premature aging
  • alcohol use

According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day.

According to a British study, those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night doubled their risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular disease.

Sleep is regulated by two body systems:

  • sleep/wake homeostasis
  • Our biological circadian clock

Sleep/wake Homeostasis: Alerts us that a need for sleep is accumulating and that it is time to sleep. It also helps us maintain enough sleep throughout the night to make up for the hours of being awake. With every waking hour there is a strengthening of the homeostatic sleep drive. Researchers believe this is a product of the demands of brain activity during wakefulness.

Circadian biological clocks: regulate the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. The circadian rhythm dips and rises at different times of the day.  For most, the strongest sleep drive occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm, although there is variation depending on if a person is more of a “morning person” or “evening person.” We experience sleepiness during these circadian dips, but with  sufficient sleep, the degree of sleepiness will be less intense.

Most people are unaware that their sleep is not a health sleep. Companies must take preventive measures to address the sleep health of their employees to increase productivity and engagement,  reduce healthcare costs, and assure workplace safety. We need to proactively measure the quality sleep of our employees, and provide monitoring and feedback for those employees with sleep dysfunction.  Healthy sleep is an investment in employee health and productivity as well as the company’s bottom line.

Assuring employees attain a healthy sleep is also a vital aspect of corporate responsibility. For many companies – such as construction, trucking, health care providers…

being proactive about sleep hygiene is a matter of public safety.

Employee Risk Assessment Best In Corporate Health
Our Data for your Process:
Employee Health Risk Assessment
Process Design based on Assessment
Chronic Disease Management

At Best in Corporate Health, we have a dedication to providing implementation & measurements for success for all of our corporate health programs. We have proudly introduced into our health risk assessments and coaching programs complete sleep analyses. We have teamed up with the leader in providing employees a health sleep. They have changed the way sleep healthcare is delivered utilizing multifaceted  solutions.

The process  has complete accessibility – providing employees the required flexibility

 

Employers report:

  • 23% savings in overall healthcare spend
  • 25% increase in workforce productivity
  • 70% reduction in preventable accidents
  • 40% reduction in defects.

Contact us  to get your workforce on to healthy sleep.

** Employee Engagement vs. Talent Engagement:

With the advent of a new economy and workforce composition, we now have a  talent market. Companies are surrounded by a cloud of talent, coming from multiple sources: Temp workers, freelancers, contract workers, suppliers, … All of these talent resources need to be engaged  to help organizations to reach their objectives.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

Your Corporate Health Risk Assessments provide the template for your wellness processes.

We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach, Health and fitness educator

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio