Senior executives “get” the link between employee health and performance to a greater degree than middle and front-line managers, a new poll reveals. This finding might be significant for employee benefit and HR departments locked in budget battles seeking greater resources for health promotion efforts.

“A company’s executive leaders can believe in the importance of good health as it relates to performance as it relates to performance on and off the job, but if the front-line managers don’t share this belief or if the work environment isn’t supportive of healthy behaviors, then companies will fail to see the results and long-term benefits on their bottom line,” said said Nikki Hudsmith, vice president of operations for Performanche pH, and co-author of a recent survey from the Health Enhancement Research Organization.

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