Dr. Robin Marcus, chief wellness officer of University of Utah Health, explains how simple improvements and listening to employee suggestions can go a long way toward improving a workplace environment.">

Jun 30, 2017 — Workplace wellness is a $6 billion industry. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Robin Marcus, chief wellness officer of University of Utah Health, explains how simple improvements and listening to employee suggestions can go a long way toward improving a workplace environment.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: You're trying to encourage your employees to be healthier, but it's just not working out. It could be the workplace that's sabotaging the effort. Robin Marcus is the Chief Wellness Officer at University of Utah Health. Explain.

Robin: Workplace wellness is a $6 billion industry. This means that employers are spending a lot of money on this. One area that gets less attention is the workplace environment itself, and employees spend a great deal amount of time at work in this environment.

Interviewer: Yeah. So are you saying that maybe a fitness club is what needs to be added?

Robin: No, I think it's actually simpler than that. This can mean really simple changes, like making stairwells more inviting and safe, providing healthy foods at meetings and in onsite cafes, and making workplaces tobacco-free.

Interviewer: Yeah, just make it easier to be healthy. So how can you make that happen?

Robin: Well, I think leadership support is critical, and listening to employees about ideas that they have to create a healthier work environment is also really important.

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