Awards and AccreditationRenown Health Named Psychologically Healthy Workplace
RENO, Nev. – (Nov. 7, 2007) – Analysts have reported that two-thirds of men and women say work has a significant impact on their stress level and one in four has called in sick or taken a "mental health day" as a result of work stress. Another statistic points out that indirect costs of poor employee health, such as absenteeism, disability and lost performance at work, are two to three times higher than direct medical costs.
To recognize and praise employers who actively enhance the quality of the work environment for their employees, the Nevada State Psychological Association has honored Renown Health with its 2007 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. Other organizations that received the award include B&J Inc., The Nevada Cancer Institute and Patagonia. Renown is one of 13 businesses in the state of Nevada to receive the award.
The award recognizes innovation and excellence in implementing personnel policies and routine practices that promote employee involvement in organizational decision making, a healthy balance between one's work life and one's personal or family obligations, employee growth and career development and health and safety in the workplace.
“Taking care of employees is not only the right thing to do, but it also establishes the foundation for a great place to work and thus the foundation for the highest level of patient experience,” said Jim Miller, Renown Health president and chief executive officer. “Investing in employee health and well-being leads to employee engagement, higher productivity and ultimately better outcomes.”
Renown Health has nearly 4,700 employees and is the only healthcare network in the state to offer a clinical ladder for nurses to advance through clinical excellence instead of only leadership promotions. The competitive benefits include shift differentials, on-call pay, 401K match and employer-paid health plan programs.
The Renown Health Foundation has also created a “Fund for Nursing Excellence” that now exceeds $1.4 million and is used for continuing education.
The healthcare network also measures the effect on its employees twice each year and works with employees to further improve the cultural and the physical working conditions with an ongoing cycle of continuous improvement. Employee engagement drives the employee’s perception of workplace health and Renown has maintained its best practice position in Gallup’s national database for the past three years.
“Renown supports psychological health by providing skills enhancement, year-round workplace wellness programs, stress management training, personal health coaching, self-governance opportunities and competitive compensation,” said Gayle Hurd, Renown Health’s best practices administrator. “Innovative programs for childcare, apprentice and promotion, progressive technology, and a wide variety of occupations within the health network brings stability and work-life balance to employees at all levels.”
Renown supports its employees by assuring the safest possible physical environment. All employees complete safety training each year and whenever technology or new risks warrant training. Efficient, on-line training is also available. Employees regularly evaluate whether or not they have the tools and equipment to do their jobs right, and employee-driven improvement efforts are initiated as soon as there is a drop in this measure, Hurd said.
Health fairs providing diagnostic blood panels, height, weight, health risk assessments and education are also free and available at multiple locations for employees. Renown’s success is founded on its commitment to the employee engagement process that provides consistency, innovation, employee involvement and empiric measures of success.
”The entire workforce is accountable for creating a healthy workplace and to challenge any process or practice that damages that health,” Hurd said. “Renown Health is committed to having a psychologically healthy workplace so it can continue to achieve its purpose to ‘make a genuine difference for the many lives we touch by optimizing our patients’ health care experience.’ Many of those lives are our employees.”
The American Psychological Association launched the Psychologically Health Workplace Awards Program in 1999 as an incentive to American businesses to address losses they suffer from employees being over stressed. More than $300 billion a year is lost due to turnover, workplace accidents, use of healthcare dollars and reduced productivity.