NBGH: Global Business Group on Health
Updated 7/1/14

Wellness

Why Employers Care

Chronic diseases (including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease) are the leading causes of death and disability around the world — causing double the number of deaths each year from all infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

As the global workforce increases and the amount of time spent at work grows, experts agree that the workplace is an essential setting for effective prevention strategies including the promotion of long-term lifestyle and behavior change. Major global companies are designing and implementing wellness programs globally to effectively address key disease risk factors.

What Employers Can Do

Healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco control are only three of many risk factors that employers are addressing. Initiatives include:

  1. Health risk assessments and biometric measurements such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and waist circumference.
  2. Employee education through health fairs, nurse lines, onsite health professionals, and electronic and print communications.
  3. Workplace competitions for weight loss and to promote physical activity.
  4. Benefit designs that impose no barriers to employees who seek preventive services.

The National Business Group on Health has a global component to its Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award program.

Global Business Group on Health Resources

General
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Case Studies
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Topic Specific

Engagement and Well-being
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Governance
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  • Connecting Corporate with Local: Johnson & Johnson — January 13, 2014 Locked secured document
    Johnson & Johnson is committed to investing in the health of its employees to promote a happier, more engaged and productive workforce. This case study examines how the company balances the wellness needs, objectives and drivers of both corporate and local in its global policies and programmatic efforts.

  • Well-Being Governance Council — June 6, 2013 Global locked secured document
    Deere & Company discussed its holistic approach to well-being and the creation of its global employee well-being governance council.

  • Deere Well-being Index June 6, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This salary survey tool demonstrates how Deere & Company approaches well-being with its employees.

Health Communications
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Action in Brief: Health Communication Series

  • Thinking Ecologically Global locked secured document — Many factors influence health behaviors and promoting sustained behavior change is highly complex. An ecological perspective recognizes this inherent complexity by emphasizing the constant interaction of, and interdependence between, the multiple factors that impact a person's health behavior.

  • Branding Wellness Initiatives Global locked secured document — The power of brands can be used to effectively promote and position a wellness program and its interventions to targeted employees and key stakeholders.

  • Choosing Channels Global locked secured document — A well researched, planned and executed communication strategy — defining the mix of messages, channels and media — is vital to successful health communications.

  • Communicating Strategically Global locked secured document — Strategic communication requires developing wellness promotion objectives with a "business" mindset and ensuring that program staff follow an evidence-based, results-oriented and participatory planning process.

  • Understanding Your Target Audience Global locked secured document — Understanding the target audience is a vital first step to effectively positioning a wellness program, its messages and activities.

  • Using Evidence to Inform and Evaluate Global locked secured document — Being evidence-based requires a strategic approach to communication planning. This starts with a thorough analysis of the situation and by establishing realistic goals, objectives and performance indicators at the program design phase.

  • Using Logframes Global locked secured document — Following the Logical Framework Approach requires analytical and logical thinking about the goals and objectives of a wellness program and the expected outputs and activities required to achieve them.

  • Addressing Gender Global locked secured document — Gender plays a critical role in workplace social dynamics and can significantly impact corporate wellness and health promotion initiatives.

  • Adapting Existing Materials Global locked secured document — There is a right and wrong way to adapting health promotion materials. The key to adapting health promotion materials is to take existing content and messages and localize it for use in a particular country or population.

  • Behavior Change Communication Best Practices and the Corporate Environment Global locked secured document — When developing wellness and health promotion initiatives, companies should look to the theories and application of behavior change communication (BCC) to maximize program effectiveness.

  • Ensuring Cultural and Linguistic Competence Global locked secured document — Effective communication in a global and/or cross-cultural context is challenged by the need to achieve both cultural relevance and linguistic comprehension.

  • Pretesting Materials Global locked secured document — Pretesting is an invaluable step in the development of effective health communication materials. Pretesting is the process of determining audience reaction to and understanding of health messages before those materials are finalized.

Seminar Series: Promoting a Healthy Global Workforce Through Effective Communication
The Global Business Group on Health has developed a three-part training seminar about communicating effectively with employees about health. The intended audience is anyone at a large, multinational employee responsible for developing and/or promoting health benefits and initiatives for employees and dependents. Additional materials (entitled Action-in-Brief”) highlight important topics addressed during those three seminars.

  • Seminar #1: Health Behavior Theory and Model Overview
    Topics addressed: Individual Health Behavior Models, Interpersonal Health Behavior Models and Social Networks/Community Level Models
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  • Seminar #2: Behavior Change Communication (BCC) Best Practices
    Topics addressed: Upfront Strategic Planning, Social Marketing Approach and Using Evidence to Inform and Evaluate
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  • Seminar #3: Health Promotion in a Global Context
    Topics addressed: Special Considerations and Challenges and Operating in a Multinational Corporate Environment
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Measurement
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Nutrition/Weight Management
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  • Global Nutrition and Weight Management — July 16, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This document examines trends in underweight, overweight and obesity globally. Additionally, it provides recommendations on steps that employers can take to promote optimal nutrition for their worldwide workforce.

  • Global Nutrition and Health Weight Management Survey Report — December 3, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This report highlights the results of the survey on how employers promote proper nutrition and weight management among employees globally.

Physical Activity
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Preventive Services
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  • GSK's Partnership for Prevention — December 13, 2012 Global locked secured document
    GlaxoSmithKline presented regarding a new global pilot program that provides employees and their dependents with a standard set of evidence-based and cost-effective preventive services.

Productivity
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  • Comparing Global Presenteeism Tools Report — January 31, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This report compares several global presenteeism tools regarding survey length, modality, availability, translations, cultural validation process, and costs.

  • How to Create an Energized & Resilient Organization — April 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) offers Energy & Resilience training to employees around the world. Their approach empowers individuals to build capabilities that will positively impact their energy levels, emotional and mental wellbeing in a sustainable way. This webinar addressed the practical aspects of how GSK developed, manages and evaluates its global wellness initiative.

Stress Management
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  • The Toll of Poor Sleep — November 13, 2012 Global locked secured document
    Inadequate sleep has a significant impact on individuals, the workforce and the workplace. This webinar outlined the prevalence of poor sleep, explained the impact of poor sleep on health and productivity, and provided a framework for approaching sleep problems in the workplace.

  • How to Create an Energized & Resilient Organization — April 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) offers Energy & Resilience training to employees around the world. Their approach empowers individuals to build capabilities that will positively impact their energy levels, emotional and mental wellbeing in a sustainable way. This webinar addressed the practical aspects of how GSK developed, manages and evaluates its global wellness initiative.

  • Employers' Global Approaches to Stress Management — December 8, 2011
    At the December 2011 Board meeting, three employers shared their strategies for addressing stress in their workforces worldwide.
  • Work-Related Stress: Questions and Answers — November 11, 2011
    GHBI staff developed a series of three interrelated Q&A documents to answer commonly asked questions about stress. Each document is geared to a specific audience — corporate headquarters (HQ) staff, managers or employees. While these audiences share common concerns about stress and stress management, each also has a different perspective and different responsibilities about this issue. However, some of the information in each document is also applicable to other audiences so employers should feel free to use and distribute the information as they see fit.
    • Work-Related Stress: Q&A for Corporate Headquarters (HQ) Staff: Global locked secured document This Q&A document is intended for corporate headquarters decision-makers, the group frequently responsible for identifying the need for, and then implementing, stress management programs around the globe.
    • Work-Related Stress: Q&A for Managers: Global locked secured document This Q&A document is intended for managers, who frequently are the first to both notice and respond to stress-related issues among their employees. This document is a Microsoft Word document so that employers can brand and customize it with their own information (e.g. EAP and health plan phone numbers) as desired.
    • Work-Related Stress: Q&A for Employees: Global locked secured document This Q&A document is intended for employees to use in identifying and managing their own stress. This document is a Microsoft Word document so that employers can brand and customize it with their own information (e.g. EAP and health plan phone numbers) as desired.

Country Specific

Brazil
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  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Story in Latin America — January 10, 2013 Locked secured document
    This slide-deck provides information about Kimberly-Clark Corporation's global wellness initiatives in Latin America.

  • Leveraging Local Resources: Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Story in Latin America — December 4, 2012 Locked secured document
    This case study highlights Kimberly-Clark's efforts to develop wellness and health promotion initiatives in Latin American as well as engage local partners to promote their efforts.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems — May 31, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in Brazil. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet — May 31, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Brazil.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — May 31, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in Brazil. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Immunization Recommendations – May 31, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Brazil.

  • Health Resources Guide – May 31, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Brazil.

  • Wellness Programs in Brazil — March 27, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in Brazil and assesses top employee health needs. Specifically, what offer programs, benefits and services do employers offer their Brazilian employee population, who manages those initiatives, and what sources of information do they use to track program impact?

China
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  • Employee Health & Well-being Programs — October 31, 2013 Global locked secured document
    Bai Lei, Project Manager, Global Health, Work-Life & Safety at Deere & Co. outlined the company’s health and well-being programs offered in China.

  • A Snapshot of Wellness Programs and the Annual Check-Up in China — March 28, 2012 Global locked secured document
    Mercer reviewed the prevalence of wellness programs in China and provided a snapshot of the commonly provided health check-up.

  • Wellness SYMplified — March 28, 2012 Global locked secured document
    Symantec discussed elements of its wellness program in China.

  • Health Screening: Scientific Basis — March 28, 2012 Global locked secured document
    Dr. Tong Chen (IBM) provided a list of tests commonly found in the health check-up used in China and discussed the available evidence.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – February 20, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in China. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – February 20, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in China.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — February 20, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in China. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Immunization Recommendations — February 20, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in China.

  • Resource Guide — February 20, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in China.

  • Wellness Programs in the China – November 7, 2011 Global locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in China and assesses top employee health needs. Specifically, what offer programs, benefits and services do employers offer their Chinese employee population, who manages those initiatives, and what sources of information do they use to track program impact?

India
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  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – November 29, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in India. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – November 29, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in India.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — November 29, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in India. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for
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  • Immunization Recommendations – November 29, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in India.

  • Health Resources Guide – November 29, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in India.

  • Establishing a Corporate Culture of Health in India: The American Express Story – September 7, 2011 Global locked secured document
    Vishpala Reddy of American Express spoke about her company's HealthyLiving program in India. She presented the organization's wellness and health promotion strategy in India, including the initiative's history, its rationale, organization, and slate of wellness offerings. Here is the webinar recording.

Japan
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  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion – April 30, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in Japan. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems — February 20, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in Japan. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet — February 20, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Japan.

  • Health Resources Guide — February 20, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Japan.

  • Immunization Recommendations — February 20, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Japan.

  • Wellness Programs in Japan – November 6, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in Japan and assesses top employee health needs. Specifically, what offer programs, benefits and services do employers offer their Japanese employee population, who manages those initiatives, and what sources of information do they use to track program impact?

Mexico
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  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion – February 20, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in India. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems — February 20, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in Mexico. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet — February 20, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Mexico.

  • Immunization Recommendations – February 20, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Mexico.

  • Health Resources Guide – February 20, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Mexico.

  • Wellness Programs in Mexico — August 15, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in Mexico and assesses top employee health needs. Specifically, what programs, benefits and services do employers offer their Mexican employee population, who manages those initiatives, and what sources of information do they use to track program impact?

Russia
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  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – August 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in Russia. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet — August 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Russia.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — August 24, 2012Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in Russia. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Immunization Recommendations — August 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Russia.

  • Resource Guide — August 24, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Russia.

  • Wellness Programs in Russia – June 25, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in Russia and assesses top employee health needs. Specifically, what offer programs, benefits and services do employers offer their Russian employee population, who manages those initiatives, and what sources of information do they use to track program impact?

South Africa
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  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – July 26, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in South Africa. It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – July 26, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in South Africa.

  • Immunization Recommendations – July 26, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in South Africa.

  • Health Resources Guide – July 26, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in South Africa.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion – July 15, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in South Africa. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

United Arab Emirates
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  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – November 25, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – November 25, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion – November 25, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in United Arab Emirates. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Immunization Recommendations – November 25, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in United Arab Emirates.

  • Health Resources Guide – November 25, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in United Arab Emirates.

United Kingdom
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  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – May 28, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This profile provides information about the health and health care systems in the United Kingdom (U.K.). It also includes demographic, economic, and environmental factors that may impact the health and well-being of an employer's workforce there.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – May 28, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

  • Immunization Recommendations – May 28, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in United Kingdom.

  • Health Resources Guide – May 28, 2013 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in United Kingdom.

  • Global Wellness at Kimberly-Clark — January 10, 2013 Locked secured document
    This presentation outlines Kimberly-Clark Corporation's global wellness strategy and its application in their EMEA markets.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion – May 18, 2012 Global locked secured document
    This report provides context on employer's health promotion practices in United Kingdom. The report includes background, program strategy and status, program types, staff support, complexities and barriers, data and measurement, project information, and recommendations for employers.

  • Wellness Programs in the United Kingdom – July 7, 2011 Locked secured document
    This survey explores common employer health promotion practices in the U.K. Specifically, what programs, benefits and services do employers offer their U.K. employee population and what sources of information do they use to track the impact and effect of these initiatives? Here is the chart pack. Locked secured document

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