Employee Wellness in the Hospital Setting: Best Practices for Today and Tomorrow

Learn about best practices for improving employee wellness and lowering costs.

Resource cover imageHealthcare organizations face unique employee health challenges. On the one hand, many employees are already tuned in to the importance of healthy behaviors in preventing and managing major diseases. On the other hand, health care jobs are highly stressful. More than half of U.S. physicians and similar numbers of nurses suffer from burnout. "We are learning that this leads to worse physical health, lower quality of life and decreased job satisfaction for employees and that leads to a loss of top performers for employers," says Kate Wolin, ScD, chief science officer, Interactive Health.

A 2011 Thomson Reuters study found that hospital workers are more likely to have various chronic conditions, such as diabetes or depression, than the U.S. workforce in general. Health care costs for hospital employees are 10 percent higher than the general population.

As health care organizations work to achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim — improving the patient experience, lowering total costs and enhancing population health — leaders are recognizing that they need to prioritize employee health. When health care workers are struggling with physical or behavioral health problems, they cannot provide the level of care and service that patients expect and deserve.

Interactive Health partners with hospitals across the country who are committed to incorporating health promotion into their strategy to improve the health of their employees. A common core objective for these hospitals: ensuring they have a great wellness program; one that improves health and drives measurable gains in the organization’s financial performance.