The Roots of Corporate Health & Wellness are the 5 primary indices that impact an employee’s and a company’s health and productivity. The Vendura Wellness roots are:
This root of corporate health and wellness has two components that can directly impact a company’s health and productivity. The social environment speaks to the work culture which exists within the workplace, whereas the physical environment speaks to the physical makeup of the workspace a company operates within.
Aspects of the social environment within the workplace include management leadership style, management-to-employee and employee-to-employee communication and social support.
In a study that investigated 2 million employees over 700 companies that most employees rank having a caring boss over how much money they earn or the fringe benefits they receive (Gallup, 2000). Additionally, 40% of employees who rated their supervisor as being poor were likely to find other opportunities compared to only 11% who rated their supervisor as excellent.
Aspects of the physical environment include the physical condition of the workplace (e.g., lighting, number of windows), the tools or office supplies employees use, and the presence or absence of healthy options within the workplace (e.g., vending machines, showers, bike racks).
Since 1995, there have been sixteen different studies that examined the effect of health promotion material on stair usage rates13. These studies found that health promotion material describing the positive effects of choosing stairs over escalators or elevators increased stair usage rates from 2% to 10%. One study found health promotion material significantly increased the odds of participants selecting stairs from 7:1 to 4:1 for men and 18:1 to 7:1 for females20. The impact of the environment on physical activity is important, because research has shown a significant relationship between sitting time and mortality of all causes8. However a significant inverse relationship exists between step counts and sitting, waist circumference or blood pressure13.