Leadership support, workplace culture, and effective communications strategy are keys to effective employee health and well-being programs, according to a report based on an analysis of data from the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer (HERO Scorecard).
The analysis, which can be found in the 2016 HERO Scorecard Progress Report, also revealed a correlation between a high score on the HERO Scorecard and a lower employee attrition rate. The report reflects data from more than 500 U.S.-based employers who have completed the HERO Scorecard.
The HERO Scorecard, which is free and available online in either a domestic or international version, allows employers to evaluate their health and well-being efforts by using a comprehensive inventory of current best practices compiled by industry thought leaders.
Data from the 2016 HERO Scorecard Progress Report showed that 56 percent of HERO Scorecard participants have a formal strategic plan in place to support their wellness program. In organizations that report the most improvement in health risks, 45 percent say leaders are role models for the program.
Fifty-eight percent of companies with the best health care cost outcomes offer some type of technology or wearable device; while 62 percent of respondents have a distinct brand for their wellness program.
High-scoring companies reported employee turnover of 12 percent, compared to 15 percent in the medium-scoring group and 17 percent in the low-scoring group.
The HERO Scorecard asks employers to provide information about organizational and cultural support for employee health and well-being, specific program offerings, integration of health and well-being programs with other areas of the company, strategies to encourage participation (such as communications and rewards), program costs, and outcomes.
After submitting the online scorecard, an employer receives best practice scores in six areas that contribute to employee well-being, along with benchmarks that show how they compare to national employers.