Workplace wellness refers to the education and activities put in place to promote healthy lifestyles for employees and their families. These programs aim to improve employee's well-being by encouraging them to lose weight, stop smoking or make other positive changes in their life.
Do Wellness Programs Really Work?
When sponsoring a wellness program, the main hurdle to success is employee engagement. The benefits can only be realized if your employees jump onboard and participate. To motivate people and gain buy-in, some businesses offer employees an incentive for both participating and reaching certain health goals.
Why Promote Wellness?
Because employees spend many of their waking hours at work, the workplace is a perfect place to address the issue of health and wellness. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes the formation of workplace wellness programs because, according to one of its studies, employees in companies with “a strong culture of health” are three times more likely to actively strive to improve their health. Wellness affects your company's bottom line as it can decrease out of office time for sick employees, lower health care costs, and increase productivity and overall morale.
Fewer Sick Days
Healthier employees mean fewer sick days, which is another benefit companies can achieve through wellness programs. Plus, employees’ healthier behaviors may translate into better family choices, so employees may also miss less work caring for ill family members. In addition, healthier employees tend to be more productive since they are not coming to work ill or are worried about their health problems. Increased productivity and reduced absenteeism can yield significant cost savings.
Health Care Costs
When it comes to health care, the costs are typically a significant portion of a company’s budget. Employees with more health risk factors, including being overweight, being a smoker and having diabetes, cost more to insure, and they pay more for health care than employees with fewer risk factors. A wellness program can help employees with high-risk factors make the lifestyle changes to improve their quality of life and reduce their health care costs, while also helping employees with fewer risk factors stay healthy.
Employee Productivity and Morale
A company that cares about its employees' health is often seen as a better place to work, and wellness programs can attract top talent in competitive markets. In addition, demonstrating a commitment to your employees’ health can improve employee morale and strengthen retention. Below are some of the benefits employees can experience after joining a wellness program:
- Increased well-being, improved self-image and higher self-esteem
- Improved coping skills with stress or other health factors
- Reduced risk of developing chronic or life-threatening conditions
- Increased motivation to improve health
- Lower costs for health care (fewer doctor visits, lower premiums, less need for expensive care, etc.)
- Access to needed social support as co-workers also strive toward healthier lifestyles too
- Improved job satisfaction
- Safer and more productive work environment
Employees who experience these positive changes and benefits open feel more loyal to their company and grateful for the company's commitment to their health.
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