When thinking about an organization’s culture of health, you may find the following analogy useful. Culture exerts a powerful influence on our thinking and behavior. But what is culture? Essentially, culture comprises influences from the physical environment along with social interactions and norms of expected behaviors. Workplace culture surrounds us so ubiquitously, we are often unaware of its influence—much like the proverbial water surrounding a fish. Imagine swimming in a river. How strong is the current? How hard do you have to “swim” to be healthy? For employers observing the physical and social environment, how hard do people have to work to be healthy? The influence of culture is no more complicated than that.   Swimming: People maintain their habits […]


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