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By Dr. Fik Isaac
Helping each person bring out the best in him or herself is at the heart of wellbeing. Across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies we want employees to be engaged, enthusiastic about their work, and more connected to their deeper purpose. And we take pride in creating a supportive environment to help us sustain this.
I recently presented at the Wellness Summit in Mexico City. It was great to be part of this gathering of leaders and visionaries to help shape the future of the global wellness industries. More than 500 delegates were immersed in eye-opening new concepts from ingestible, health-tracking nanotechnology that makes wearables seem so “last year” to new medical research that demonstrates the powerful link between the brain and skin. It was energizing to engage with some of the best and the brightest, and discuss what it takes for organizations to embrace wellness as we have done so well at J&J.
I shared the main stage with Dr. Ken Pelletier (Universities of California, San Francisco and Arizona) and spoke about how Our Credo guides us in delivering health solutions, not just to our customers, consumers, and patients, but also to our employees and their families. Simply put, I explained that at the heart of enhancing wellbeing is our company that cares. Coupled with that, it’s my vision for each of us to make a difference by changing our perspectives on health. We can be too singularly focused about specifics such as total cholesterol or ideal body weight, while losing the big picture on what matters for the long term. This means changing the dialogue from traditional ways we think about health to a more personalized, holistic definition of wellness.
I envision our company to create a ripple effect from what we do as a responsible employer by spreading what we’ve learned and applying it beyond the workforce so we have a bigger impact on families and communities. We need to make wellness infectious – continuing to influence policy makers, advocate for wellbeing, and convene opportunities to showcase best practices that address the world’s most pressing issues. For example, we implemented our tobacco free workplace policy in 2007. It wasn’t just about institutionalizing the policy; it was about offering employees and their families, non-judgmental ways to help them stop smoking for good. Today we’re sharing our learnings with government leaders in countries such as China, and Japan, and together contributing to an emerging gold standard for tobacco-free workplaces worldwide.
As we head into the New Year, let’s take time to reflect on and renew the vision to make health and wellbeing mission critical for us all.
Johnson & Johnson – A Benchmark in Employee Health & Wellness
by Deb Gorhan, Manager, Wellness & Health Promotion-Americas
Promoting Healthy Workplaces is a research project conducted by the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project team sought to learn from exemplary organizations that have succeeded in implementing best practice programs, and explore leadership support, design elements, implementation processes, ongoing operations challenges, lessons learned, and measurement of outcomes.
Organizing a day of filming and securing time on the calendars of J&J leaders to talk about the importance of workplace wellness programs and strategies for the Promoting Healthy Workplaces project was easier than anticipated, as our J&J leaders are authentically engaged in this topic. Each leader spoke about the importance of workplace wellness for J&J based on their business role/perspective. After all, taking care of employee health is in the fabric of the J&J culture, written in stone within Our Credo, and permeating through the people, places, products and the Company’s performance.
As a health promotion practitioner and strategist in the field of workplace wellness, I feel extremely fortunate to work for Johnson & Johnson as we continue to grow the Company’s ability to foster a truly healthy workplace. We focus every day on enhancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of the J&J employees. Contributing to the Promoting Healthy Workplaces Project, and other global projects, studies, publications and associations allows us to share best practices and learn from other exemplary organizations. As a leader in workplace wellness, we also seek to forge new pathways, taking calculated risks in support of employee, family and community health.If you have a moment - take some time to watch the video made by the leaders of this project, and take some pride in the great accomplishments we’ve had to date, and be inspired by other companies doing exceptional work and innovation in this field.
As a retiree from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, you have access to a variety of free or low-cost programs to help you stay on the road to good health.
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Partners in Quitting
If you are ready to quit tobacco, employees that retired with benefits can access Partners in Quitting, a telephonic tobacco cessation program administered by JourneyWell® by HealthPartners,Inc. This program features one-to-one counseling, fully reimbursed tobacco cessation related Physician’s visits and more! For additional information and to register, call 1-866-716-0782 or 1-800-491-1700 choose option 3 and then follow the prompts for theTobacco Cessation program, Partners in Quitting.
It is important to stay physically active throughout life to ensure you maintain your personal best. As a retiree, you have access to fitness Centers at Johnson & Johnson facilities, free of charge. This includes participating in group exercise classes, exercise prescriptions, and other programs offered through the Live for Life Team. Onsite Wellness Professionals at more than 25 Johnson & Johnson fitness centers can provide you with information regarding fitness center access, facility hours and available services. Contact any Live for Life fitness center or call 1-800-491-1700, then choose option 1, prompt 7, then prompt 1 to talk to My Live for for Life Customer Service who will connect you with your local Wellness Professional.
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The Weight Watchers® program offers flexible weight management solutions. As a retiree, you can choose to attend meetings at the worksite or at Weight Watchers® locations. Calls 1-800-491-1700, choose option 1 followed by prompt 9 for Weight Watchers®.
I had the pleasure of participating in the annual meeting of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer as Task Force Co-Chairman, and it was a great experience. For those who may not know much about the Roundtable, it was founded in 2001 when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something venturesome” about cancer within their corporate families. The leaders responded (our former CEO Bill Weldon included) by creating and encouraging widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard. This called for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and cultures, and take extensive action in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace.
Through the years, we’ve worked hard across our Family of Companies to expand resources, and offer programs and support in such areas as nutrition, physical activity, cancer prevention, screening and early detection, as well as access to high-quality care. That’s why earning the CEO Roundtable on Cancer Global Accreditation last year marked an important milestone for us. I’m proud of the wonderful support we have in place at J&J, under the leadership of our CEO Alex Gorsky, and the accomplishments we’ve made to earn this accreditation. I’m equally proud to represent our company as Task Force Co-Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Together with Judy O’Hagan, VP of HR at Sanofi, I had a chance to update everyone on our progress to date at the annual meeting. What’s most important about the role of the Task Force is how we’re implementing change with great ideas that have evidence-based reasoning behind them. And we know how important it is to keep the Gold Standard “alive and well” within accredited organizations so we’ve turned to Social Media to help us stay connected. We created space within the LinkedIn environment so task force members can have “members only” discussions to share best practices and get peer-to-peer insights. We also started using other channels such as Twitter and Facebook to build greater awareness externally and help enhance the number of employers that apply for accreditation. As Task Force members, we oversee the accreditation and science review processes, and ensure our work remains current and relevant. We reminded everyone of the tremendous evolution we’ve seen through the years as we went from a health/life science approach to diversified employees and industries; from a pure focus on cancer and tobacco to broad coverage for caregivers and survivorship; and from a U.S. only perspective to a Global Gold Standard. The adoption and progress have been phenomenal. This inspires us to continue our work to collaborate, innovate and ensure the best health for our employees to protect them against cancer so others will follow our lead, and more lives will be lengthened and saved as a result. Until next time, Fik Isaac, MD, MPH, FACOEM, VP, Global Health Services Chief Medical Officer, Health & Wellness Solutions