5 Reasons Worksite Wellness Programs are Worth the Investment
January 23, 2018
The debate continues about the merit of worksite wellness programs, and that’s understandable. Results of these programs vary widely depending on worksite culture, executive support, and effective programming. If you’re still debating about whether a wellness program is right for your company, take a look at our top reasons for implementing a program:
Wellness programs, particularly those with health coaching, promote healthy behavior change. A study sponsored by the federal government shows that worksite wellness programs provide improvements in the following areas: reduction in weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, diet improvements, and higher levels of physical activity.
Employees who are engaged in wellness programs are more productive. According to the CDC, health-related productivity loss equates to $1,685 per employee per year. A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employees who participated in a wellness program and successfully improved their lifestyle saved an average of $353 per person per year in regained productivity.
Healthy employees have fewer health care costs. These savings benefit both the employer and the employee. A case study showed that employees participating in a worksite wellness program reduced their risk for chronic disease, and saved an average of $565 per employee per year in health care costs. In this case study, that translates into about $2-$4 saved per dollar spent on the program.
Wellness programs decrease absenteeism. With fewer health concerns, employees have fewer sick days and absences due to doctor visits. Yet another study shows that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, absenteeism costs fall by $2.73.
Wellness programs improve employee morale. Healthy employees are happy employees. Happy employees mean less turnover. With a culture of wellness, employers can spend less on recruiting and hiring new talent. According to the Principal Financial Well-Being Index, 45% of Americans working at small to medium-size companies say they would stay at their jobs longer because of employer-sponsored wellness programs.
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