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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Helping Employees Reduce Holiday Stress
01/02/2006

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Heath Care Report.”

Texas Health Resources is committed to helping businesses create a healthier community. By focusing on the health of employees, companies and organizations can have a significant impact on this effort — especially at this time of year when stress from the holidays can carry over into the job and the New Year.

So, what can businesses do?

Studies show that healthy employees contribute to healthier bottom lines. Employers can promote a work-life balance to boost morale and encourage healthier, happier employees. Remind employees that they should be as attentive to their health, their families and their friendships as they are to their jobs.

Exercise also is a proven stress reliever. If your business doesn’t already offer a wellness program for your employees that encourages physical fitness, consider this: Instituting even a few wellness elements, such as physical fitness challenges, or offering smoking cessation assistance, can make a difference.

DuPont, for example, reduced absenteeism by more than 47 percent among wellness program participants. My own organization, Texas Health Resources, rewards employees with financial incentives to adopt healthy habits for the sake of themselves, their families and our organization.

By encouraging employees to take better care of themselves — body, mind and spirit — employers can join THR to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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