If your employees believe your company has a strong culture of supporting their personal health, you've got a competitive advantage over companies that are not perceived as such by their workforce.

That's the big-picture conclusion of a study produced by Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health and The Futures Co. after surveying 2,700 employees and their dependents with company health plan coverage.

"Employees who perceive their organizations as having a strong culture of health are happier, less stressed and more likely to take control of their well-being than employees in other organizations," the researchers reported.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.