ERIC Number: ED286012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Healthy Companies through Human Resources Management. WBGH Worksite Wellness Series.
Rosen, Robert; Freedman, Carol
Four areas--health benefits, occupational safety and health, prevention and wellness, and human resource development--have contributed significantly to enhancing worker health. The "healthy corporation" is both a goal and a comprehensive attitude about organizational life and about the factors the affect organizational health and, ultimately, organizational profitability. The work environment, employee health, and the larger environment all have an effect on employee health and organizational profits. Many factors can have a negative impact on organizational health, including a negative physical environment, work overload (too much work with inadequate resources), repetitious or monotonous work, shift work, inadequate ventilation, the necessity of spending long periods of time at video display terminals, and job-related stress. Possible approaches to alleviating the negative impact of these factors include job redesign, redesign of physical settings, improvement of hygiene and safety programs, and consideration of stress management techniques when defining work tasks. When employees feel a lack of control over their jobs and conditions or an inability to participate in managerial decisions, they are more likely to feel undue stress and be subject to its adverse effects. Other sources of job-related stress include tense work relationships, lack of career progression, unclear work roles, poorly managed change, and conflicts between work and family or work and leisure. By reexamining existing personnel policies and attempting to expand employees' work options, companies can do much to alleviate these sources of stress and thus enhance organizational health and profitability. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Corporate Education, Cost Effectiveness, Employee Assistance Programs, Employer Employee Relationship, Environmental Influences, Health Programs, Human Resources, Personnel Management, Personnel Policy, Physical Fitness, Stress Management, Well Being, Wellness, Work Environment
Prevention Leadership Forum, Washington Business Group on Health, 229 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Authoring Institution: Washington Business Group on Health, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 048 292-305.