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We know that employees who work for organizations with a healthy culture are generally happier, more engaged, and feel supported by their employer — both in work and in life. We also know that a positive workplace culture directly impacts productivity and retention.

Christine Muldoon

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, WebMD Health Services

There are many levers organizations can use to create a healthy company culture. Leadership plays a huge role. But the degree to which the organization values and supports its employees’ holistic well-being is also critical.

When employees feel better across multiple dimensions of their lives — socially, physically, financially, emotionally, and clinically — they have the tools to thrive and make positive contributions to the workplace.  

That said, our data shows that only 32% of respondents strongly agree that their employers care about their well-being. Ouch.

How do you build a healthy workplace culture?

Here are seven key elements to consider when creating your company culture — with well-being at the center:

  1. Listen to what employees want and need (and then take action).
  2. Make employees’ mental health a priority.
  3. Offer flexibility in how, when, and where people work.
  4. Role-model healthy behaviors.
  5. Embrace employees’ lives outside of work.
  6. Offer numerous ways for employees to increase daily physical activity (our team loves walking meetings).
  7. Enlist the support of well-being culture champions.

Remember, a healthy company culture doesn’t happen overnight. It takes considerable thought, planning, and time to combine all the elements. But when employees become healthier, greater engagement at work typically follows — leading to increased productivity and better business results.

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