Creating a work environment that addresses the health and well-being of employees is, according to most employers, a top-of-the-mind objective. But when asked if they believe their work environment meets that standard, many employees say it's mostly talk with very little walk.

A survey by engagement program vendor Keas reveals this dichotomy. Keas surveyed 761 employees who participate in one of Keas' employer health programs. Nearly nine of 10 said health is included in the company value statement. Yet one-third felt their employer didn't really care about their health, but was paying lip service to creating a healthy environment.

The study also showed that employees respond well when working for a company that demonstrates a sincere interest in their health. So, for companies that have begun healthy workplace initiatives but haven't quite followed through, there's a considerable upside to ramping the program up, Keas said.

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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.