Workplace Wellness

Creating employee well-being takes commitment — to employees and to a positive workplace culture, according to an article in HR Dive. “That environment can become a competitive advantage for attracting, retaining, and engaging a thriving workforce.”

The publication recently interviewed Humana’s Tim State, Senior Vice President of Associate Health and Well-being, for an article titled  From Wellness to Well-Being: The Evolution of Employer Health Initiatives.

It cited the company’s “bigger, more holistic approach” to associate well-being.

“What started as on-site yoga classes and smoking cessation programs has evolved,” the article said. “As employers learn more about the science of how humans thrive and other aspects of productivity, organizations can build a better foundation for well-being.”

Tim said, “We’ve moved from a narrow understanding of programs or slices of that picture into something a lot more holistic and fundamental.”  

The article said that at Humana, well-being “incorporates four dimensions: a sense of purpose in one’s life and career; health, including, but not limited to physical, emotional and spiritual health; sense of belonging, which includes relationships; and sense of security, which includes personal safety as well as financial security. These aspects provide the foundation for wellbeing, and the company’s offerings reinforce the direction.”

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The publication Inc. recently spoke with Humana’s Tim State, Senior Vice President of Associate Health and Well-being, about employee engagement and Humana’s success in improving overall worker satisfaction and adding Healthy Days.

The article noted that Humana has increased physical workplace satisfaction by 24 percent from 2015 to 2018 and that associates achieved their Bold Goal of gaining 20% more Healthy Days.

Tim said the improvement “comes from getting obsessed with centering decisions, priorities and activities around the workers and their experiences at the office.”

The article noted Humana’s efforts to:

  • Redesign office space so people can collaborate, focus and relax better
  • Offer more services oriented to physical wellbeing, such as a fitness center open both to workers and the larger community
  • Use technology to resolve more day-to-day requests and work orders

He noted that successful companies move “from traditional wellness that may address primarily physical health and some aspects of mindset to an integrated and more holistic framework of human wellbeing. This fully incorporates mental/emotional health and a sense of belonging, security and even purpose or meaning in one’s life. These are balanced with physical health and are interdependent within each of us. Plus, they all can be significantly influenced in the context of our working lives.”

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