Creating a Culture of Health for a Global Organization
Framework and Practices
This whitepaper provides insight and framework into what an organizational culture of health might look like with a global workforce. In addition the paper proposes key areas of focus to create a global culture of health along
with examples of leading practices in each of the areas highlighted.
A first-of-its-kind think tank made up of leading global health experts to help companies oversee the health and well-being of their global workforces.Read more
Companies are doing business in more challenging and complex places
Global companies both large and small are crossing borders into new markets. It’s inevitable that their human capital (employees) will endure additional medical risks and require additional resou-rces to meet their business objectives. The Council aims to create a forum of leading health experts to help companies oversee the health and well-being of their global workforces.
Three Holistic Pillars of the Council
Addresses efforts to improve employee wellness and reduce medical risk in the context of the trends in the workplace demographics, and ultimately how to positively impact productivity.Learn More
Identifies the relevance of workforce geographic location and the unique requirements needed to support the health of a globally mobile workforce.
Focuses on how business leaders can best leverage corporate health in advancing their business agendas (i.e., private/public health partnerships and CSR, agendas.)Learn More
10 Key Recommended Actions to Support the Health and Well-being of a globally mobile workforce
Orient, train and equip prior to departure
Leveraging technology such as online training tools and automated emails can maximize the opportunity to effectively prepare personnel.
By effectively screening and medically accommodating personnel, adverse health outcomes can be reduced and business continuity maintained. This is particularly true for those on extended travel to high medical risk locations or performing hazardous work.
Corporate medical department resources offer medical expertise while understanding the business needs and employee health concerns. With this background, the best recommendations can be made in the interests of all.
24/7/365 medical assistance must be available globally with company insight and decision making capabilities
Even when personnel are oriented, equipped, trained and medically accommodated, health incidents will occur. In such cases, medical assistance services ensure care is provided in the most effective, culturally sensitive and timely manner – whether for a simple case (i.e. referral to a qualified provider) or a major medical emergency (i.e. aeromedical evacuation).
Understand and manage the medical risks where companies operate
Opening a new operation or service site or expanding an existing one requires a clear understanding of the health risks inherent at that location and within the community. This is particularly true in emerging markets or remote site locations.
Where local healthcare gaps exist, organizations may need to fill it
By providing healthcare services, organizations can reduce employee health risk while improving productivity, which is in alignment with business objectives. These local healthcare resources can also form the foundation of a global wellness platform while ensuring work-related medical cases are managed in the most effective manner.Finally, healthcare is a major sustainability issue, and partnering with local health services can achieve corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Business sustainability requires health crisis management plans and the resources to respond effectively
Workforce resiliency and readiness are key objectives as companies plan for the future. These dynamic plans require on-going maintenance and testing to ensure they remain relevant as new emerging health challenges arise.
Health is a major pillar of corporate sustainability
Particularly in new and emerging markets, health programs can improve productivity, build goodwill, and enhance business performance. These programs highlight the good work organizations are doing to support their CSR agenda as well as their Duty of Care obligations (taking care of their community from within).