NBGH: Global Business Group on Health
Updated 7/19/2016

Wellness & Well-being

Why Employers Care

The world's workforce – totaling 2.3 billion aged 15 and older – is growing, aging and increasingly suffering from chronic, preventable diseases.1,2 Estimates of the economic burden of this poor health, when including both medical costs and lost productivity, may total upward of 15% of the global economic output.3 This impacts individuals, communities, societies and companies.

What Employers Can Do

Companies can effectively promote the physical, mental, economic and social well-being of employees and their families. Employers are increasingly encouraging their employees worldwide to live healthier lives. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of multinational employers with global health and wellness initiatives grew by 44%.4

The National Business Group on Health's Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Global Distinction program recognizes corporate efforts to improve the health, wellness and well-being of employees worldwide.

Global Business Group on Health Resources

Getting Started
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Employer Specific

Case Studies
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  • Balancing Global and Local: Health Promotion at IBM Corporation — February 3, 2016 Locked secured document
    This Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Global Distinction case study addresses how IBM promotes their vision of health globally by leveraging the talents of their international health service teams and vendor partners to meet global and local needs.

  • How Johnson & Johnson Continues To Enhance Its Culture of Health — February 1, 2016 Locked secured document
    This document provides a case study of the governance structure for Johnson & Johnson's Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Global Distinction winning wellness strategy.

  • Well-being at Unilever: Understanding the Lamplighter Feedback Loop — December 24, 2015 Locked secured document
    This case study highlights Unilever's Lamplighter program which provides a framework for addressing employee health and well-being globally. Lamplighter is part of the company's global medical and occupational health strategy and aligned with Unilever's Sustainability Living Plan. One key element of the program is a scorecard upon which country wellness and well-being efforts are measured. In 2015, Unilever won a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Global Distinction Emerging Market award.

  • Understanding Dow's Wellness Journey in China and Around the World — October 1, 2014 Locked secured document
    The Dow Chemical Company has a comprehensive wellness program with the mission of protecting and optimizing the health and productivity of its workforce. Dow's data-informed, globally integrated program allows local flexibility in order to consider the specific needs and cultural differences of Dow's various employee populations. The company has been providing and refining its employee health promoting efforts in China since 2006.

  • Promoting Well-being Globally at American Express: Communicating Healthy Living 2.0 — October 1, 2014 Locked secured document
    American Express' Healthy Living program is a key aspect of the company's efforts to develop a worldwide culture of health that is deeply embedded in American Express' organization-wide business DNA, linking good health and good business performance.

  • 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.

  • Leveraging Data to Promote Wellness Globally: An Interview with Eaton — January 13, 2014 Locked secured document
    In 2010, Eaton launched Powering You to Live Well, a global wellness initiative aimed at removing traditional barriers to wellness and providing employees and their families with the resources they need for good health. Collecting and analyzing data has been an integral part of that process.

  • Creating a Tobacco-free Workforce: An Interview with Johnson & Johnson — September 6, 2013 Global locked secured document
    Johnson & Johnson has had a global workplace tobacco policy in place since 2007. In the years since, the company has promoted its policy and engaged smokers around the world to quit. This case study examines how J&J has encouraged employees to be healthier by stopping their tobacco use.

  • Creating a Tobacco-Free Workforce: An Interview with Ingersoll Rand — April 11, 2013 Locked secured document
    This case study explores the Ingersoll Rand Company's journey to being tobacco free around the world. Topics addressed include developing and rolling out a global policy prohibiting tobacco use at work (in corporate locations and company-owned vehicles).

Presentations
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Topic Specific

Data and Measurement
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Engagement and Well-being
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Governance
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  • How Johnson & Johnson Continues To Enhance Its Culture of Health — February 1, 2016 Locked secured document
    This document provides a case study of the governance structure for Johnson & Johnson's Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Global Distinction winning wellness strategy.

  • 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.

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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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.

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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  • Releasing Energy to Enhance Engagement and Drive Performance — September 15, 2015 Global locked secured document
    According to GlaxoSmithKline's CEO, Sir Andrew Witty, "To play our best game, (our) leaders need to listen to their people, empower them, and stimulate action." GSK embodies this philosophy by enhancing engagement among its 98,000 employees across 150 countries. This webinar discusses the connection between leader and team energy and the demonstrated business value globally.

  • 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.

Stakeholder/Vendor Management
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  • Five Recommendations for Using Wellness Champions to Promote Employee Health Globally — March 23, 3016Global locked secured document
    This document outlines recommendations for how global employers can effectively utilize employee wellness champions to increase participation in their wellness initiatives worldwide.

  • Balancing Global and Local: Health Promotion at IBM Corporation — February 3, 2016 Locked secured document
    This Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Global Distinction case study addresses how IBM promotes their vision of health globally by leveraging the talents of their international health service teams and vendor partners to meet global and local needs.

  • Understanding Dow's Wellness Journey in China and Around the World — October 1, 2014 Locked secured document
    The Dow Chemical Company has a comprehensive wellness program with the mission of protecting and optimizing the health and productivity of its workforce. Dow's data-informed, globally integrated program allows local flexibility in order to consider the specific needs and cultural differences of Dow's various employee populations. The company has been providing and refining its employee health promoting efforts in China since 2006.

  • 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.

Strategy
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Stress Management/Employee Resilience
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  • Releasing Energy to Enhance Engagement and Drive Performance — September 15, 2015 Global locked secured document
    According to GlaxoSmithKline's CEO, Sir Andrew Witty, "To play our best game, (our) leaders need to listen to their people, empower them, and stimulate action." GSK embodies this philosophy by enhancing engagement among its 98,000 employees across 150 countries. This webinar discusses the connection between leader and team energy and the demonstrated business value globally.

  • Work-Related Stress: Questions and Answers — October 7, 2014
    GBGH 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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  • Well-being at Unilever: Understanding the Lamplighter Feedback Loop — December 24, 2015 Locked secured document
    This case study highlights Unilever's Lamplighter program which provides a framework for addressing employee health and well-being globally. Lamplighter is part of the company's global medical and occupational health strategy and aligned with Unilever's Sustainability Living Plan. One key element of the program is a scorecard upon which country wellness and well-being efforts are measured. In 2015, Unilever won a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Global Distinction Emerging Market award.

  • Profiling Health — July 31, 2015 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.

  • Benefits and Workforce Highlights — July 31, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Brazil.

  • Benchmarking Health Promotion — July 31, 2015 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 – July 31, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Brazil.

  • Health Resources Guide – July 31, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Brazil.

  • Systems of Insight: Cities & Computing & Cities — June 4, 2015 Global locked secured document
    Mart�n Sep�lveda, M.D., of IBM, gave this key note presentation on how the global economy, cities and computing are evolving and impacting employees around the world.

China
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  • Health and Benefits Update in China – September 18, 2014 Global locked secured document
    Mercer provided an update on changes in the health and benefits landscape in China.

  • Health Benefits Fact Sheet – September 18, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in China.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – September 18, 2014 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.

  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — September 18, 2014 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 — September 18, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in China.

  • Resource Guide — September 18, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in China.

India
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  • Profiling Health: India – March 26, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This report explores health challenges in India including top drivers of morbidity and mortality.

  • Benefits and Workforce Highlights: India – March 26, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This publication provides an overview of health benefits practices and workforce issues in India.

  • Benchmarking Health Promotion: India – March 26, 2015 Global locked secured document
    Employers in India are increasingly looking to health promotion strategies to drive improved employee attraction, retention and productivity. This report outlines common wellness and well-being benefits and practices among GBGH employers in India.

  • Health Resources Guide – March 26, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in India.

  • Immunization Recommendations – March 26, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in India.

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.

Russia
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  • Standard Market Practice in Health Promotion — January 1, 2015Global 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.

  • Profile: Health and Health Systems – December 3, 2014 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 — December 3, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This fact sheet provides an overview of health benefits practices and wellness initiatives in Russia.

  • Immunization Recommendations — December 3, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This document reports the recommendations for children and adult vaccinations in Russia.

  • Health Resource Guide — December 3, 2014 Global locked secured document
    This resource guide includes information on health and wellness vendors, government agencies, medical associations, and advocacy organizations in Russia.

South Africa
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  • Benchmarking Health Promotion: South Africa – June 23, 2016 Global locked secured document
    This report provides information about GBGH member company health, wellness and well-being practices in South Africa.

  • 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.

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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  • Profiling Health: United Kingdom – November 1, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This report explores health challenges in the UK including top drivers of morbidity and mortality.

  • Benefits and Workforce Highlights: United Kingdom – November 1, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This publication provides an overview of health benefits practices and workforce issues in the U.K.

  • Benchmarking Health Promotion: United Kingdom – November 1, 2015 Global locked secured document
    This report provides information about GBGH member company health, wellness and well-being practices in the United Kingdom.

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

  • Working Creatively to Optimize Employee Health and Wellbeing in the United Kingdom (UK) - June 8, 2015 Global locked secured document
    LifeScan Scotland - a 24/7 medical device manufacturing and R&D facility within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies - is dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of its staff in diverse, mindful and evidence-based ways. The organization believes strongly that respecting employees by addressing their identified health needs within the framework of J&J's Credo reaps benefits to the organization, employees, families and the wider community. These efforts were recently recognized with two 2014 J&J Sustainability awards. This webinar will address LifeScan's employee health and wellbeing strategy and tactics, identify key challenges faced and highlight notable successes.

  • 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.

Healthy Workforce Worldwide Reports
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Global Distinction
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  1. The World Bank. Data: Labor force, total. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.TLF.TOTL.IN. Accessed June 6, 2016.
  2. Winkeljohann N. Demographic and social change. PwC. http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/issues/megatrends/demographic-and-social-change-norbert-winkeljohann.html. Accessed June 6, 2016.
  3. Global Wellness Institute. The future of wellness at work. January 2016.
  4. Buck Consultants. Working well: a global survey of workforce health and wellbeing strategies. August 2014


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