Did you know that when Johnson & Johnson implemented a well-designed wellness program to reduce the rate of unhealthy employees in its offices in 1995, the percentage of employees with high blood pressure dropped; the number of employers who smoked dropped by 2/3rd; and sedentary employees learned to move more through-out the day.
The program worked and saved the company millions of dollars on health care expenses over the years.
Corporate Wellness programs are no longer viewed as something to compensate your employees for their hard work. Both large and small companies are starting to take corporate wellness programs seriously.
According to the World Health Organization, “The workplace directly influences the physical, mental, economic and social well-being of workers and in turn the health of their families, communities and society.”
We list 3 key reasons for you to implement health and wellness program at your workplace that can be beneficial:
An Employee Wellness Program will encourage employees to lead healthier lifestyles. Providing employees with health benefits, like a gym membership or incentives to eat healthy at work, will expand the collective interest. Healthy behaviors lead to lower health risks, and lower health risks translate into less chronic diseases. With less chronic disease employees have fewer health care costs.
A wellness program can train employees to make changes in their lifestyle that can influence their overall health and wellbeing, as well as reduce sick leaves. Any wellness program that can reduce absenteeism will experience cost savings. Harvard researchers looked at the ROI of wellness programs in co-relation to absenteeism and found that for every dollar spent on wellness programs a company could save $2.73 and reduce absenteeism.
Improved Work Performance, Increased Productivity
Being healthy increases focus, concentration, energy levels and output. It also ensures you are able to consistently perform at the desired level. Increased productivity in the work place is a by-product of the success of such programs.
There is an enormous amount of research out there to support the benefits of wellness. It might not make all your problems go away, but it is going to help you create a culture of health. The time to begin is now.
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